Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Romania's center-right Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, resigned Monday (7 Dec) after the populist opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD) won around 30% of votes with nearly 95% of ballots counted in Sunday’s elections.
Orban's centrist National Liberal Party (PNL) came in second, with 25% of votes. The centrist alliance USR-Plus, which might potentially be a coalition partner for the Liberals, received 15.4% of votes.
Orban said Monday that coalition talks with the PSD were out of the question. He did not provide a clear explanation for how his party hoped to reach a new governing majority in the 465-seat, two-chamber parliament.
"Talks to form a majority won't be long, this country needs a government as soon as possible," Orban told his supporters, adding that his party had four potential coalition partners in order to form a majority.
Over 18 million Romanians were eligible to vote, although turnout dipped to all time lows partly due to the coronavirus pandemic.