POLITICS

Valcea – low turnout for new mayor’s election

More than 100,000 voters were expected to polls on Sunday in Ramnicu Valcea, to choose the new mayor of the town. The place became vacant after the previous mayor Mircia Gutau (PDL) was arrested on January 27 and sentenced to a final term of three years and a half in prison, in a case known as “Bribe at the City Hall.” By 2.00 PM, almost 15 pc of voters had cast their ballot, as the 97 voting sections were due to close at 9.00 PM. Eight candidates ran in the elections, including Romeo Radulescu (PDL) – the deputy mayor who assumed the interim position of mayor after Gutau went behind bars – Remus Grigorescu (PSD) – a former Valcea County prefect – and Bogdan Pistol (PNL). The future mayor will have to cohabitate, for the next two years, with a City Council dominated by a PDL majority. Thus, 16 local counselors are Democrat-Liberals, four belong to PSD and three to PNL, while the two deputy mayors – Romeo Radulescu and Eusebiu Veteleanu – are PDL members as well.

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