Romanians to elect their president on Sunday
More than 18 million Romanians are expected on Sunday at the ballot box to elect their president between incumbent President Traian Basescu and social democrat leader Mircea Geoana, Xinhua reported.
The two made it to the runoff after a first round of the presidential election on Nov. 22 when Basescu captured 32.44 percent of the vote and Geoana 31.15 percent. A total of 12 candidates entered the race for the state's top position.
The incumbent president is endorsed by the ruling Democratic- Liberal Party, while Geoana, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party-Conservative Party Alliance, is also supported by other parliamentary oppositions, including the National Liberal Party and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania.
Basescu insisted on Thursday in a marathon debate against Geoana that the Dec. 6 vote is an option for Romanian's voters between a Romania that can embark on a path of accelerated reform steered by him, and a Romania of the past, where politicians will govern for themselves and their vested interests.
Geoana on Friday stressed that the most important promise he made in the electoral campaign was to stop the downturn and put an end to political instability created by the incumbent president.
Under the Constitution, the president is elected for a 5-year term, renewable once, and two successive terms are allowed.
Romania has been in a political gridlock since mid-October, when its democrat liberal government was ousted in a non- confidence vote in Parliament.
President Basescu failed to win Parliament support for a new prime minister and up to now the country does not have a legitimate government in place.