Incumbent president wins race at close tie

Newsroom 08/12/2009 | 14:21

Romanian president Traian Basescu won the majority of the votes on the second round of elections last Sunday, with 50.33 percent, having defeated the Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate Mircea Geoana. The difference was given by around 70,000 votes for Traian Basescu, who would go on as Romanian president for another five years. The final results took the PSD candidate by surprise, as the exit polls on Sunday had shown Mircea Geoana with more than 51 percent of the casted votes. Geoana had even kept an acceptance speech before the final results were announced, but refrained for making comments the day after. The PSD said it would challenge the results at the Constitutional Court. Only after the Constitutional Court validates the results, they will become final.

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