Voting was 48 percent, well above the average in Romania, and many Romanians residing abroad also voted.The success of Iohannis (president since 2014) is a victory for Romanian civil society that for years has fought against the long era of corruption, embezzlement and abuses of power by governments led by the Social Democratic Party.
A party that is a special case: heir to the communists, belongs to the European socialists but is deployed on sovereign and anti-integration positions and has launched reforms that have seriously weakened the independence of the judiciary, attracting harsh criticism from the EU.
Corruption and overwhelming power of the Social Democrats also weighed on the very strong economic boom, creating serious losses especially in infrastructure funds. The leader of the losers, the powerful Liviu Dragnea, has been convicted of fraud and serious wrongdoing and is serving three years in prison.
Iohannis for his part has always defended European democratic values.
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