Pro-European Iohannis largely ahead in the first round


On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Romanian voters voted for their president. The pro-European candidate Iohannis would be in the lead according to the first results of this first round. – AFP

The pro-European Klaus Iohannis came in the lead in the first round of the presidential elections in Romania on Sunday and is expected to face the former Social Democrat Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in the second round, according to two polls taken out of the polls.

He is credited with 39% of the votes

At the closing of the polls (19h GMT, 20h Paris time), Klaus Iohannis, outgoing Liberal president, is credited with an estimated 39% of the votes cast, and Viorica Dancila 22.5%. "Victory, we beat the Social Democrats," 60-year-old Klaus Iohannis told supporters at his campaign headquarters. "But the war is not over, we have yet to take another step in two weeks", in the second round, on November 24, he added.

Waiting for the vote of the Romanians of the diaspora

"I'm happy (…), we are present in the second round, I thank those who voted with their hearts," said Viorica Dancila, while his party, which has dominated political life for the past 30 years, feared for the first time not to end up in the second round.

The estimates do not take into account the vote of the Romanians of the diaspora, of which a record number of 650,000 voted. Very unfavorable to the Social Democrats, it is not excluded that they propel in the second round the leader of the young pro-European party USR, Dan Barna. The latter is credited with 16% of the votes, according to these polls.

"We remain confident, the Romanians of the diaspora are still voting," said Dan Barna. After a strong mobilization in the morning, the presence at the polls gradually dried up, the participation rate amounting to nearly 48%, against 52% five years ago.

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