Romania elects a surprise President; Klaus Iohannis
Some 25 years after the elimination of dreaded dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania delivers another surprise.
The surprise is the election of a former mayor to the highest office of the country.
An ethnic German - 'Klaus Iohannis' has been sworn in as the President of the east European nation beating the incumbent PM Victor Ponta in a run-off election.
- His shock win is largely credited to the overwhelming support of overseas voters who were angered by the present establishment for not being allowed to vote in the first round.
- The 55-year pro-western leader replaces Traian Basescu, who demit office having served 2 successive terms (maximum) of 5 years.
- Romania is a middle-income country with economy primarily based on export of services.
- The country has a unitary semi-presidential structure giving more power to the president as against the ceremonial role of our President.
- Like US, President is directly elected - however, he is not as powerful as the former.
- Some of his powers are to appoint the prime minister, oversee foreign politics and veto draft laws.
- The country has recently been in news for allowing US to open a missile defense base in south - close to arch rival Russia.
- Capital and largest city: Bucharest
- Population: close to 2 crore (smaller than Haryana)
- Area: 2,38,391 square km (about the size of Uttar Pradesh)