The Romanians have insisted on continuity: In the first round of the presidential election, incumbent Iohannis got the most votes – but the absolute majority was not enough. He must therefore in the ballot.
In the presidential election in Romania, the pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis first prediction is by far ahead. The 60-year-old came to 39 percent of the vote. But he missed the necessary for a victory in the first round absolute majority and must compete in two weeks in a runoff against the runner-up.
Should the forecasts be confirmed on the basis of by-election polls, the Social Democrat Viorica Dancila would play in the run-off against Iohannis. She can therefore expect 22.5 percent. Reliable results due to the counting of ballots is expected on Monday.
"Never before have the Romanians voted so clearly against the PSD"
Iohannis welcomed the result as a clear vote against Dancila's PSD party: "The Romanians have never voted so broadly and so clearly against the PSD, which is a huge step forward for Romania," he said. For the run-off election on November 24, he called on the Romanians: "Come to the election, so you pushed aside the PSD finally."
Besides Iohannis and Dancila, Dan Barna, the head of the newly founded pro-USR party "Union Rettet Rumania", and former actor Mircea Diaconu applied for president in Romania.
Dancila crashed by vote of no confidence
Dancila was Prime Minister of Romania from January 2018 until a week ago. It had been overthrown by a vote of no confidence in the parliament. Her successor was Ludovic Orban, chairman of the civil party PNL, which supports the non-party Iohannis.
Iohannis had called Dancilas Social Democratic PSD in the election campaign as a threat to democracy. Dancila's reign was marked by conflicts with the EU over planned cuts in the Romanian judicial system. The opposition accused her of corruption.