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PE2016/ Partial results: PSD - 46.09 pct in Senate and 45.9 pct in Chamber of Deputies

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The Social Democrat Party (PSD) has obtained 46.09 pct of the votes expressed for the Senate in the parliamentary elections on Sunday and 45.9 percent in the Chamber of Deputies while the National Liberal Party (PNL) has obtained 20.26 pct of the vote for the Senate and 19.88 pct of the vote for the Chamber of Deputies after the processing of 99 percent of the votes. 

According to the official website of the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), third-placed is the Save Romania Union (USR) that gained 8.55 pct in the Senate and 8.49 in the Chamber of Deputies. 

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) has gained 6.28 pct in the Senate and 6.29 in the Chamber of Deputies, while the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) has 6.07 pct in the Senate and 5.64 in the Chamber of Deputies.
Furthermore, the People's Movement Party (PMP) has obtained 5.34 pct in the Senate and 5.06 pct in the Chamber of Deputies.

The outcome of the 11 December parliamentary election shown by the exit-polls are predictable and leave to the president, Klaus Iohannis, a very little margin of maneuver, the president of the Pro Democratia Association (APD), Cristian Pirvulescu told Agerpres

"Predictable outcome. I've always believed as main prognosticator the results of the June election for "mayors", so with a capacity of 52 mayors, a 45pct score - we shall see if the final counting is confirmed - the PSD (Social Democratic Party) gets a predictable outcome," said Pirvulescu.

The PSD’s electorate traditionally stems from older, poorer Romanians, eager to hear the party’s message that centres around public sector wage hikes, tax cuts and higher pensions.

“The exit polls results mean that we will have a leftist government,” said political commentator Mircea Marian. “The main problem is that, step by step, very slowly, they will likely change legislation in the anti-corruption field.” Both PSD and ALDE politicians have accused anti-corruption prosecutors, who have won EU praise for their efforts, of being politically motivated in their investigations. Dragnea told reporters in June that Romanians must choose between “better bread or handcuffs”.


According to Pirvulescu, "it is not the same with the PNL (National Liberal Party) that is accusing full mouth on the one hand the appearance of the USR (Save Romania Union), and on the other hand, the loss of votes to the PMP (People's Movement Party) and ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats)." 

"Because it is quite obvious: a part of the PNL mayors rather backed the PMP candidates, if they came from the PDL, or ALDE, if coming from the PNL. And, on the one side, a part of the urban consistent electorate left the PNL to the USR. PNL is paying fully its lack of leadership and incapacity to coordinate of its local leaders and gets a very weak score, while President Iohannis is now facing the situation of having a very little margin of maneuver," he stressed. 

As for the USR, Cristian Pirvulescu believes it has got "a good number, over its skills, due to a huge expectation from the pretty young urban electorate, but it is an unskilled party that will have very many difficulties to face with in the Parliament, a first being connected to its ideological identity itself, because it looks like it is fractured between two orientations." 

"As regards the other two parties - ALDE and PMP - it is not certain they'll make it to the Parliament until the final counting is over, but it is very probable that the PMP gets there due to the vote of the Diaspora," concluded the analyst.

Negotiations for new government this week

Liviu Dragnea, the head of the PSD, said Sunday evening that the negotiations for the new government team will take place this week, and refused to state clearly if his party will propose him as the new PM.

Dragnea, who got a suspended jail sentence in an election fraud case and is on trial in a separate corruption case involving him former wife, should become PM, said the mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea.

The new PM has to be voted by Parliament and the PSD has already negotiated with ALDE the new majority.

President Klaus Iohannis said recently that he would not designate a PM that has legal issues. Both the heads of PSD and ALDE are on trial in corruption cases. They were put on trial by the anti-graft institutions DNA, led by Laura Codruta Kovesi. The DNA has prosecuted several high profile politicians in the past four years, including former PM Victor Ponta, who ran for the Chamber of Deputies this Sunday. 

Some of the party leaders, including Tariceanu and Basescu, have warned that the anti-graft prosecutors were abusive at certain times. For instance, the Senate head said that he was investigated because the DNA was doing politics.

What happens with PM Dacian Ciolos next?

It is not clear what will happen with the current technocratic PM Dacian Ciolos, considering that the parties supporting him – PNL and USR – will have problems holding the majority in Parliament due to insufficient votes.

Ciolos was saying last week, during the political campaign, that he was thinking of becoming the new head of the PNL, which is currently led by Alina Gorghiu.

The turnout on Sunday’s elections was 39.49 percent. In Bucharest, this figure stood at 41.6 percent. More than 18 million Romanians were expected at the voting polls yesterday.  The turnout was higher in urban areas compared to the rural ones.



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