Romania’s PM Orban proposes general election on 6 December

Romania's PM Ludovic Orban announced on Thursday that the government would pass a decision to schedule the general elections on 6 December, news wires reported. The polls, which Orban's pro-EU National Liberal Party (PNL) are tipped by analysts to win, are set to go ahead despite the risks of coronavirus.

Relatively unscathed at the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, Romania has suffered a spike in infections recently to around 1,200 new cases a day on average, with pollsters unsure about how the disease will impact voting in December.

The economy of one of the poorest members of the European Union contracted by 12.3% in the second quarter of the year due to the impact of Covid-19 on business and consumption.

The historically dominant Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the 2016 parliamentary election with a landslide, but its government was thrown out last year after being tarnished by corruption allegations and mass street protests over controversial judicial reforms.

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