Thousands celebrate as ethnic German mayor defeats PM to win Romania presidential runoff

November 17, 2014 5:45 AM

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Thousands of people gathered in Bucharest to celebrate after an ethnic German Transylvanian mayor decisively defeated Romania's prime minister in a presidential runoff.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta had been the favorite to win. But Klaus Iohannis, the mayor of the city of Sibiu who promised to crackdown on corruption scored a surprise victory.

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