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Die Parlamentswahlen 2008 in Rumänien
Romania’s Parliamentary Elections in 2008

Author(s): Anneli Ute Gabanyi
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.

Summary/Abstract: On 30 November 2008, for the first time since Romania has joined the EU, parliamentary elections were held. Due to the prolonged political strife between the minority government of Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu and President Traian Basescu and also to new constitutional and legal regulations, the interest of the voters in taking part in the electoral process dropped to 39 %. The outcome of the elections was rather inconclusive, with the Social Democratic Party scoring a tiny majority of votes and the Democratic Liberal Party clutching a small majority of the seats in both houses of parliament. Tariceanu’s National Liberal Party scored around 20 %, the Hungarian Democratic Union over 6 % of the votes. The new government was formed by the Prime Minister appointed by President Basescu,Democratic Liberal Party leader Emil Boc. It is made up of his own party and the Social Democratic Party of Mircea Geoana who was appointed head of Senate. Both the procedures used in forming the government and the subsequent tensions that arose inside the two governing parties and between them seem to confirm predictions that this government will not outlast the presidential elections scheduled for the end of 2009.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 64-75
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: German