Romanian left return to power in triumphant comeback

One year after exiting the political scene amidst scandal and unrest, Romania’s center-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) staged a major comeback on Sunday. Exit polls gave the PSD a clear lead over its rivals with around 45 percent of the vote in the country’s general election.

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said that his party and the small center-right ALDE will be in talks to form a coalition. With 5.5 percent of the vote, an alliance with ALDE would be enough to create a majority.

“Today’s vote clearly indicates Romanians’ choice for a future government,” said Dragnea in a statement.

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(Romania’s Palace of the Parliament. Photo: George M. Groutas/