Ponta tops Romania presidency first round vote

November 3, 2014 7:15 AM

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BUCHAREST: Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta looked set Monday for a closer-than-expected victory in the first round of the presidential election despite fears he could reverse reforms aimed at tackling rampant corruption in one of Europe's poorest countries.

The first official results showed Ponta taking 37.5 percent of the vote with close to a fifth of ballots counted.

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