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Deputy PM Raluca Turcan, upon exiting the polling station on Sunday morning, said she voted for a Romania where "the law is the same for everyone." "I voted for a Romania where the law is the same for everyone.
Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate in the presidential elections Viorica Dancila said she voted for "a Romania of welfare and guaranteed rights." "I voted for a Romania of welfare, a Romania of guaranteed rights, a secure and dignified Romania, where Romanians should not live in fear of the next day, of not having what to put on the table, of not having money for medicines or bills.
Over 273,000 Romanians exercised their right to vote at polling stations abroad in the first round of the presidential elections until Sunday, at 07:00, Romania's time, when the second day of voting concluded in America as well, according to the data released on the Central Electoral Bureau platform.
The polling stations for the presidential election opened on Sunday to more than 18 million Romanian voters. Nationwide, there are 18,748 polling stations. According to the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), the total number of voters registered with the permanent electoral lists is 18,217,156 for this election.
Approximately 20,000 policemen, gendarmes, border policemen, firemen and workers with other operating structures will ensure the guard and protection of the 18,748 polling stations nationwide on Sunday.
Almost 268,000 Romanians abroad voted at the ballot boxes in the first round of the presidential elections until Saturday at 22:00, Romania's time, according to the data released on the Central Electoral Bureau platform.
Over 207,000 Romanians turned out to vote abroad until Saturday at 18:00. This number adds to the approximately 25,200 Romanians in the Diaspora who voted by correspondence. Thus, until the evening of the second day of ballot in the Diaspora, a total number of over 232,000 Romanians have voted, according to the Central Electoral Bureau portal.
Over 138,000 Romanians have turned out to vote abroad until Saturday, at 14:00. As a first, this year Romanians abroad have three days at their disposal to elect Romania's President at the ballot boxes in 835 polling stations. On Friday, they could vote between 12:00 and 21:00, local time, and on Saturday and Sunday they can vote between 7:00 and 21:00, local time.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Romania's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, according to a Friday release of the credit ratings and research agency. Romania's Country Ceiling was affirmed at 'BBB+', Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR affirmed at 'F3' and Short-Term Local-Currency IDR affirmed at 'F3', according to the release.
Approximately 90,000 Romanian citizens have voted by 10:00 on Saturday, in the polling stations abroad, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs. "Voting in the election for Romania's President continue on Saturday.
Almost 79,000 Romanians voted at the ballot boxes in the first round of the presidential elections until Saturday 07:00, Romania's time, when the first day of voting abroad was concluded, as the polling stations set up in the Americas closed: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, the U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela.
The first day of voting abroad in the presidential elections ended in 777 polling stations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, and until 23:00 (Romania's time) a number of 77,130 Romanian citizens had exercised their right to vote, according to the data supplied by the Central Electoral Bureau, informs the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, had a meeting on Friday with the US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm, and with Terri Sewell, a member of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, elected in Alabama, on which occasion they discussed about the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States and the new Romanian Government's firm commitment to continue to earmark
President Klaus Iohannis stated in Ramnicu Valcea on Friday that most of the meetings he attended in the presidential elections campaign weren't party meetings, but meetings with the Romanians. "I traveled the country a lot, more than some who have been recently touring the country and accuse me that I have never been [across the country]. I know Romania very well, I know Romanians very well.
Approximately 43,000 Romanians abroad showed up to vote as of 18:00hrs, EST, on the first day of the presidential election abroad. Adding up to them are almost 25,200 Romanian citizens who voted by post, according to information posted on the platform of the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) after 18:hrs, EST.