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Leftist PSD Wins Romania Parliamentary Election

A woman casts her vote in Sintesti, Romania, Dec. 11, 2016.
A woman casts her vote in Sintesti, Romania, Dec. 11, 2016.

Romania's left-leaning Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the country's parliamentary elections with about 46 percent of the vote in both houses.

Official results released Tuesday showed the center-right National Liberal Party in second place at about 20 percent.The Save Romania Union, a new party that campaigned with an anti-corruption platform, finished third with about 9 percent.

The exact makeup of parliament after Sunday's election is due to be announced later in this week.

A caretaker government under technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, a former European commissioner, has been running the country during the past year.

Former prime minister Victor Ponta of PSD resigned after mass protests following a nightclub fire in October last year that killed 64 people.

And the chairman of the PSD, Liviu Dragnea, received a two-year suspended prison sentence for voter fraud in April for inflating voter numbers in a July 2012 referendum to impeach then president Traian Basescu.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has refused to appoint anyone with legal problems as prime minister.

A country of about 19 million people, Romania is one of the poorest in the European Union and perceived as one of the most corrupt.

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