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Romania: Iliescu Leads In Presidential Race

Bucharest, 26 November (RFE/RL) - According to exit polls, leftist former President Ion Iliescu leads in today's Romanian presidential election with 36.1 percent of the vote. The exit polls say extreme-right leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor came in second, winning 27.5 percent in the first-round vote. A presidential candidate must win the votes of at least 50 percent of all registered electors in order to be elected in the first round. Run-off elections will be held on December 10.

Romania's over 17 million voters could choose from among 12 candidates, 11 men and one woman.

Romania's today also had to fill 143 seats in the upper house of parliament, or Senate, and 343 seats in the lower house, or Chamber of Deputies.

A party needs 5 percent of the vote to gain seats. Only seven of the 64 parties participating in the election are expected to clear that hurdle.