Romania's prime minister is favorite to be its next president; voters blase about corruption

October 31, 2014 7:44 AM

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Romania's prime minister is favorite to be its next president; voters blase about corruption

A man gives directions to a young woman, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, backdropped by a campaign poster, attached to the facade of an apartment block, depicting Prime Minister Victor Ponta, leader of the ruling Social Democracy Party (PSD) who runs for president in elections set to take place on Nov. 2. Several prominent members of the PSD came under investigation for corruption related crimes in recent weeks, ahead of the presidential election in which the Social Democratic Party leader, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, is the favorite. Ponta says the probes will not harm his chances. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT (The Associated Press)

Romania, a nation of 19 million, joined the European Union in 2007 and is a staunch ally of the United States, which has an anti-missile defense shield in the town of Deveselu. Romanians are traditionally anti-Russian. Opponents say Ponta will cozy up to Russian President Vladimir Putin if he wins; ...

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