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Romanians Voting In Presidential Run-Off  - 2004-12-12


Romanians are choosing their next president, a leader expected to take the ex-communist state toward membership in the European Union.

The run-off vote pits Prime Minister Adrian Nastase of the Social Democratic Party against the West-leaning Mayor of Bucharest, Traian Basescu of the Justice and Truth alliance.

Early poll results showed a slightly lower turnout than the November 28th vote. Today's (Sunday's) run-off was called after neither candidate got the required majority in the November poll.

Surveys suggest another close race.

Both men favor joining the European Union. Mr. Nastase's government is credited with making Romania's economy one of the fastest-growing in Europe. But Mr. Basescu is considered more likely to push reforms required for Romania's anticipated 2007 entrance into the trading bloc.

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