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Romania’s PM Ponta leading in presidential polls

November 03, 2014, 10:02 UTC+3 BUCHAREST
With 56.21% of the votes counted, Ponta has received 39.57% of the votes and is followed by Klaus Iohannis
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BUCHAREST, November 3. /TASS/. Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta has taken a lead in the first round of presidential elections, the Central Election Bureau said on Monday.

With 56.21% of the votes counted, Ponta has received 39.57% of the votes and is followed by Klaus Iohannis, the mayor of Sibiu and the president of the National Liberal Party, who has 30.19% of the votes.

Ponta is expected to face Iohannis in a runoff on November 16.

Former prime minister and current president of the Senate Calin Popescu Tariceanu comes third with 5.83% of the votes and is followed by former tourism minister Elena Udrea (5.17%). Ex-justice minister Monica Macovei has received 4.65% of the votes.

The voter turnout at Sunday’s presidential polls reached 52.56%

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