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Conviction politics: Romania elects a party led by a vote-rigger

Print section Print Rubric:  The Social Democrats win despite a leader with a rap sheet Print Headline:  Conviction politics Print Fly Title:  A landslide election in Romania UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The lessons from Aleppo’s tragic fate Fly Title:  Conviction politics Main image:  20161217_eup502.jpg THE centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) entered Romania’s parliamentary election on December 11th with what, in most countries, would be considered a handicap. Its leader, Liviu Dragnea, was convicted in 2015 of attempting electoral fraud three years earlier. But many see Mr Dragnea’s conviction as politically motivated, and in Romania many parties are tainted by corruption. The PSD came first by a wide margin, winning 46% of the vote, well ahead of the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL), which took just 20%.
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    Conviction politics: Romania elects a party led by a vote-rigger

    Print section Print Rubric:  The Social Democrats win despite a leader with a rap sheet Print Headline:  Conviction politics Print Fly Title:  A landslide election in Romania UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The lessons from Aleppo’s tragic fate Fly Title:  Conviction politics Main image:  20161217_eup502.jpg THE centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) entered Romania’s parliamentary election on December 11th with what, in most countries, would be considered a handicap. Its leader, Liviu Dragnea, was convicted in 2015 of attempting electoral fraud three years earlier. But many see Mr Dragnea’s conviction as politically motivated, and in Romania many parties are tainted by corruption. The PSD came first by a wide margin, winning 46% of the vote, well ahead of the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL), which took just 20%.
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  • The Lava Jato investigations: The parting shots of Brazil’s chief prosecutor
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