Romania to vote for new leader; corruption ignored

October 31, 2014 7:43 AM

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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; he denies it.

The president is in charge of defense and foreign policy, names the chiefs of the country's two main intelligence agencies as well as top prosecutors and ambassadors. The prestige and influence of the post go far beyond its formal description. If no candidate secures an absolute majority Sunday ther...

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