The first round of the Romanian presidential election will take place on November 2th and the second round on the 16th. Romania’s incumbent president, Traian Basescu, is unable to stand for a third term, which brings new candidates into play.
According to various political analysts, this leads to massive intra-party conflicts in the centre-right. While the country’s centre-left Prime candidate, Victor Ponta, is currently ahead and feeling very comfortable with around 40% in the polls. Four politicians hope to challenge Ponta in the second round on November 16th. The liberal, Klaus Iohannis, the German-speaking mayor of Sibiu, a Transylvanian town popular with German investors and tourists, has the best chance.
Another liberal, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, has also announced his intention to run and is currently polling around 10% of the votes. The third main candidate, Monica Macovei, a former justice minister who pushed through reforms when Romania’s European Union membership where threatened by rampant corruption. The other female candidate is the former tourism minister, Elena Udrea. Earlier this year she formed her own party, the Popular Movement, which won 6.21% of the votes in the European elections in May. Some political analysts see these women candidates as important jokers in the upcoming election.