Tens of thousands of Romanians protested in cities across the country at the weekend in support of Romanians living abroad who were not able to cast votes in the presidential election on November 2.
Some 18.3 million Romanians aged 18 and over are eligible to vote in the presidential elections. In total, 18,550 polling stations will open across Romania. Another 294 are available for Romanian citizens living abroad.
Spokesperson of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Alina Gorghiu claims that Premier Victor Ponta, who is also running in the presidential election under the PSD-PC-UNPR banner, "defied" the Romanians in Italy and Spain and used the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department for Romanians Everywhere in his campaign.
The representatives of the Romanians in Timoc Valley, Serbia, warned on Monday afternoon, at the Summer University held in Izvoru Muresului (the County of Harghita, central Romania), that the situation of this community is dramatic, as there are no schools, no media in Romanian, children do not speak Romanian anymore, Romanian priests are persecuted and aid from the Romanian state