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Romania Elects New Leader

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Romanian Prime Minister and candidate of the ruling Social Democracy Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, right, casts his ballot alongside his wife, Daciana Sarbu, in Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 2, 2014.

Romanian Prime Minister and candidate of the ruling Social Democracy Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, right, casts his ballot alongside his wife, Daciana Sarbu, in Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 2, 2014.

Romania is voting for a new president Sunday.

Analysts say Prime Minister Victor Ponta will likely become the country's new leader.

Ponta is expected to win the first round of voting among 14 candidates, but not by enough to avoid a runoff next month.

The former prosecutor has pledged, if he is elected, to lower taxes, raise pensions and to uphold good relations with the European Union.

Incumbent President Traian Basescu is stepping down after 10 years in office.

Material for this report came from AP and Reuters.

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