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Iohannis Becomes President in Election Shocker

On Nov. 16, 2014, Klaus Iohannis beat Prime Minister Victor Ponta in a presidential election runoff. Iohannis received 54.4% of the vote and Ponta received 45.6%. It was a surprise victory for Iohannis, the mayor of Sibiu and National Liberal Party leader, especially since Ponta had been the favorite in the polls leading up to the election. Previously, Iohannis was a physics teacher and school inspector.

After his presidential election defeat, Ponta remained on as prime minister. He planned to stay in that position until the 2016 general election.

See also Encyclopedia: Romania .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Romania

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