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Romanian PM 'neck-and-neck with rival' in presidential poll

Romanian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Victor Ponta is flanked by his family as he casts his ballot at a polling station in Bucharest, on November 16, 2014Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his conservative opponent Klaus Iohannis were neck-and-neck in an unexpectedly close presidential runoff vote, exit polls showed Sunday. Ponta, who had been the overwhelming favourite to win the race, was slightly ahead according to two exit polls which gave him 50.7 percent and 50.9 percent of the vote. The exit polls do not take into account the votes cast in the second-round runoff by Romanians abroad, where a large turnout could threaten a Ponta victory. A victory for Ponta, 42, would make him Romania’s youngest ever president and cement his Social Democrat party’s hold on power in the former communist state.

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