Romania's Ponta in driving seat in presidential polls

November 3, 2014 12:17 AM

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BUCHAREST (Reuters) - 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.

Exit polls at 1900 GMT (1500 EDT) showed Ponta, a former prosecutor and amateur rally driver who became the European Union's youngest prime minister two years ago, ahead of his nearest challenger, an ethnic German mayor backed by two centre-right parties.

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