Politics

Hungarian Party Wins Over 6% of the Vote in Romanian Parliamentary Elections

Following the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Romania, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has won the majority of the seats; it appears to have won around 45% of the vote after campaigning on a promise to raise wages.

The Social Democrats have seemingly strengthened their position after enduring a recent downward turn due to corruption scandals and resignations. In late October 2015, a deadly nightclub fire sparked extensive street protests. Among the demands voiced was the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Ponta, who protesters blamed for corruption and official indifference. Bowing to pressure, he resigned.

PSD has won almost every Romanian county, with the exception Szatmár, Maros, Hargita, Kovászna counties, which are mainly populated by Hungarians. And in three Central-Transylvanian counties, Kolozs, Fehér and Szeben, centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL) achieved victory.

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A map of Romanian election results; counties won by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) are colored in red, while those won by the National Liberal Party (PNL) are in blue, and those by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) are in green (via hotnews.ro)

The newest political alliance, a group calling itself the Save Romania Union Party, promised to fight against corruption. It was, in part, these promises which brought the Union 9.2% of the vote, and an overall third place finish in the elections.

Within a few days, PSD is going to name its candidate for prime minister. Liviu Dragnea seems to be the only possibility for the position, but he has one, rather glaring disadvantage: The High Court of Romania sentenced him to two-year suspended sentence for fraud in April of this year. According to Romanian law, a person cannot fill a position, if he has a criminal record.

The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) won 6,35 % of the vote – Hungarians make up the 6,5 % of the Romanian population. During the campaign, Dragnea said that there was no chance for RMDSZ to get into the government, but last night after the results he stated that cooperation with the Hungarians is feasible.

You can watch RMDSZ’s post-election (Hungarian-lanugage) press conference below:

Via hirado.hu and Magyar Nemzet

Images via RMDSZ Official Facebook page and hotnews.ro

Video via RMDSZ Official Facebook page