Both the socialist party PSD and the ruling PNL claimed victory after the local elections were held Sunday (27 September), with a view to mobilising their bases for the general elections scheduled for early December.
“PSD is on the right track,” PSD president Marcel Ciolacu claimed, pointing out the improvement of the general score.
Despite losing mayor positions in Bucharest and a few other cities, PSD increased its mayoral seats from 30% to about 20% at the presidential elections a year ago, Ciolacu has said, noting that his party had almost 1,500 mayors, the highest number of mayors countrywide.
At national level, centre-right party PNL, which currently forms a minority government, had obtained 34% of the votes, which PNL secretary general Robert Sighiartau has said was “a historic result for the party.”
He added that PNL will have about 1,300 mayors, also an all-time best for the centre-right party. PNL members will lead 17 county councils, according to the partial results of the Sunday vote.
The other four county councils will be led by representatives of UDMR, the party representing the Hungarian minority, which is also a member of the EPP as PNL,
(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)