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What the newspapers say: December 2, 2008

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 2 decembrie 2008, 8:59 English | Press Review

The anomalies of the uninominal voting system make most of the headlines, the third day after the elections. Social Democrats and Democrat Liberals may each declare themselves as winners: the first party won most votes, almost 1% more than the second, but the second party won most seats in the Parliament.

The Social Democrat - Conservative alliance (PSD-PC) won 33.09% of the votes for the House of Deputies and 34.12% of the votes for the Senate, according to the partial results after the counting 99.62% of the votes, while Democrat-Liberals (PD-L) won 32.12% in the House of Deputies and 33.57% for the Senate. Still, PD-L wins the same number of seats as PSD in the House of Deputies, 114, and two seats more than PSD in the senate, Evenimentul Zilei informs.

The fuss around alleged electoral frauds seems to lead nowhere. Out of more than 300 complaints made about the bribes paid for votes, only one guilty person was found - a 17 year-old teenager. Fines worth some 10,000 Euros were applied, but there are no other sanctions so far, Evenimentul Zilei reads.

There aren't any news about the way the future Government will look, but the way the negotiations will take place is already clear. Liberals want to maintain their Prime Minister and are about to shake hands with the Hungarian Democrats, so that they would negotiate together the structure of the future cabinet. Gandul reads that "Liberals will team up with the one who pays best". Sources say that PD-L would agree to offer Liberals a vice prime minister seat and the speaker seat in the House of Deputies, but only in case PM Tariceanu is no longer involved in the future Government.

Cotidianul counts the most important losers of the elections. Politicians with a long past in politics, notorious businessmen and leaders of parties failed to gather the necessary votes. Far-right leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor, controversial businessman Gigi Becali, Liberal vice presidents Paul Pacuraru and Norica Nicolai along with the Social Democrat poet Adrian Paunescu failed to win a seat in the Parliament, despite having the electoral colleges chosen to fit their size.

Finally, the greatest mystery during this round of elections - the huge difference between exit polls results and the official count - is explained by several problems: the exit poll operators were amateurs, the rural population lied a lot, votes were annulled and electoral frauds took place in some colleges, Cotidianul reads.






















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