A former member of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the Bucharest City Hall in the second round of elections on Sunday, June 15, the international press announces on Monday, quoting Romanian exit polls.
Oprescu, a doctor aged 57, is credited with 54.3% of the cast votes while right wing counter-candidate, Vasile Blaga, sustained by President Basescu obtained only 45.7%, AFP informs.
French journalists comment that Oprescu's victory over Blaga ends the right wing domination in Bucharest. They add that in the second round of elections, Oprescu received support both from his former party and from the governing Liberals.
According to experts quoted by AFP, the understanding between a leftist candidate and a right wing party could have an echo in the upcoming legislative elections due this fall. The main goal is to form a coalition against Romania's President Traian Basescu and his party.