Teodor Melescanu, elected Senate Speaker

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Senator Teodor Melescanu was elected President of the Romanian Senate in a run-off on Tuesday having garnered 73 votes for in a plenary session to his opponent Alina Gheorghiu’s 59.

Of 136 attending senators, 134 voted and two votes were invalidated.

The President of the Senate was  elected in the runoff voting between Teodor Melescanu and Alina Gorghiu, because none of the candidates received the majority of the votes of those present.

According to the vote counting report for the first poll, a number of 132 senators were present.

Senator Teodor Melescanu (endorsed by the Social Democratic Party – PSD) had 67 votes “in favour,” Alina Gorghiu (endorsed by the National Liberal Party -PNL) had 49, whereas Ion Popa (endorsed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats – ALDE) had 13.

There were four abstentions and one spoilt ballot paper.


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