Romanians head to polls

BUCHAREST (AFP) – Romanians began voting in parliamentary elections yesterday, with the governing pro-European liberals tipped to win despite criticism for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote was organised to take in virus safety measures of social distancing, mask-wearing and hand disinfectant.

In a region where populists and nationalists have recently gained ground, liberal Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has pledged to modernise one of the European Union’s (EU) poorest countries and keep it on a “pro-European” path.

A recent opinion poll published by the IMAS institute showed his National Liberal Party garnering 28 per cent of the vote, ahead of the main opposition Social Democratic Party at 23 per cent.