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Romanian Court Refuses To Annul Presidential Vote

4 December 2004 -- Romania's Constitutional Court today rejected an opposition call for it to annul the first round of the country's presidential election on 28 November.

The court said in a statement that the election could have been canceled only if the polls had been fraudulent to an extent that could have changed the positions of the candidates ahead of the second round on 12 December.

The ruling comes five days after the country's central election commission rejected a similar request from the centrist opposition alliance of Liberals and Democrats and the ultranationalist Greater Romania party concerning legislative elections held the same day.

The centrist opposition alliance's candidate, Bucharest Mayor Traian Basescu, came in second in the first round of the presidential vote and will face front-runner Prime Minister Adrian Nastase.

The ruling ex-communist Social Democratic Party (PSD) was leading in the legislative elections, but no party won a clear majority.