Romania’s Ponta in driving seat in presidential polls

November 2, 2014 8:34 PM

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BUCHAREST: Romanians seem likely to propel Prime Minister Victor Ponta into the presidency in elections that began on Sunday, consolidating his leftist Social Democrat party's hold on power, but raising questions about judicial independence.

A former prosecutor and amateur rally driver who became the European Union's youngest prime minister two years ago, Ponta is expected to win the first round in a field of 14 candidates, but not by enough to avoid a run-off on Nov 16.

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