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Romania: 1000s protest about presidential runoff

November 14, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands have staged anti-government protests in cities around Romania saying they are concerned there would be problems for Romanians voting abroad in this weekend’s presidential runoff.

About 2,000 demonstrated in Bucharest Friday evening, 10,000 rallied in the northwest city of Cluj and there were protests in other cities.

Protesters said they were angry that thousands of Romanians living abroad said they were unable to vote in embassies in London, Paris and Vienna in the Nov. 2 first round. The government has promised to make voting easier in the runoff but protesters remain unconvinced.

“We are not choosing between two candidates, but between two worlds!”

Prime Minister Victor Ponta who supports good relations with the U.S. and China faces the pro-Western mayor of the city of Sibiu Klaus Iohannis in Sunday’s runoff which Ponta is the favorite to win.

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