Traian Basescu has won, and will be Romania's next President.More here
Final result: 51.2% for Basescu, 48.8% for Nastase.
This was very unexpected, and may lead to a period of political turbulence.
One early development: the Humanist Party (Partidul Umanist Romania, or PUR) has announced that "for the best interest of the country", it is willing to enter into negotiations with any other party. Since PUR ran on a joint ticket with PSD [the currently governing Social Democratic Party], this is a major slap to PSD, PM Nastase and (about to be former) President Iliescu [the immediate successor to Ceausescu who has remained in charge most years since then]....
Ugly possibility: PSD joins with PRM [the ultranationalist Greater Romania Party]. This would give solid majorities in both chambers. However, it would mean letting PRM into government.
13 December 2004
Romanian Election Analysis
From Doug Muir Halfway down the Danube: