Romania Ruling Coalition to Win Majority in Election, Poll Shows

Romania’s ruling coalition will win a majority of votes in general elections at the end of this week, an opinion poll showed.

The Social Liberal Union that backs Prime Minister Victor Ponta would win 57 percent in the Dec. 9 balloting, according to a survey of 4,957 people between Nov. 27 and Dec. 2 by Avangarde and CURS and published by public television TVR late yesterday. That compares with 57.4 percent in an IMAS October survey and 62 percent in a CCSB poll last month.

The Right Romania Alliance of parties aligned with President Traian Basescu would garner 17 percent of the votes compared with 16 percent in the IMAS poll and unchanged from the CCSB poll. The People’s Party of media entrepreneur Dan Diaconescu would get 15 percent, according to the Avangarde-CURS poll, which had a margin of error of 1.4 percentage points.

Romania has been ruled by three governments this year alone. The country has been ensnared in a power struggle between Basescu and Ponta, which led to a government collapse in March and a failed impeachment vote against the president.

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