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Leftist Party in Romania Makes gains in Local Elections

Leftist Party in Romania Makes gains in Local Elections

Monday, 06 June 2016 01:16 PM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Election results show Romania's main leftist party made gains and took all the seats in Bucharest in local elections that were overshadowed by concerns about graft.

Preliminary results published by election authorities Monday show that that Gabriela Firea, a former TV journalist and member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, won the post of Bucharest mayor, receiving about 44 percent of the vote. The party also won all six seats for district mayor in the capital.

With 87.5 percent of the vote counted, the Social Democratic Party was winning about 39.2 percent of the overall vote nationwide, followed by the Liberal Party, which was polling about 33 percent.

The Social Democrats resigned from government in November after street protests following a deadly nightclub fire that raised corruption concerns. Romania now has a government of technocrats.

In other results, the mayors of Brasov and Craiova, who have been indicted for taking kickbacks, both won re-election. The mayor of Baia Mare, jailed on corruption charges, was also easily re-elected despite being in jail.

A total of 12 candidates who won in the capitals of Romania's 41 counties and seats for Bucharest's six district mayors are being probed or have been indicted for corruption.

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