NEWS WATCH: Romania’s President Wins First Round Of Controversial Election

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 2513602070_0742abf7981BUCHAREST/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Latest official results show that Romanian President Traian Basescu has won the first round of Sunday's presidential ballot with about 32.5 percent of the vote. His main rival Mircea Geoana received about 30.8 percent. However, the poll has been overshadowed by reported election fraud and a political and economic crisis in the country.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Denies Involvement in Moldova’s Riots

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Download (MP3) ap-moldova-riot-police-stand-guard-in-front-of-heavily-damaged-presidential-palace-in-chisinau-eng-210-8apr09BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST/CHISINAU (BosNewsLife)-- Romania is denying Moldovan accusations that it was involved in violent anti-government protests in Moldova, which left at least one woman dead and injured some 100 others. The denial came after Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin ordered the expulsion of Romania's ambassador and the introduction of visa requirements for Moldova's Western neighbor.

NEWS WATCH: Romanian Former Prison Boss Charged With Genocide

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News story via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife commanderBUCHAREST/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A man who led one of Romania's most notorious prisons during the Communist-era, Alexander Visinescu, has been indicted for genocide. It is the first such charge since the 1989 revolution, which saw the execution of Romania's Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Rocked by Political Turmoil

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife)-- Romania has been rocked by political turmoil after parliament suspended President Traian Basescu from office, paving the way for a referendum on his future later this month. The procedure comes despite European Union and U.S. concerns over the status of democracy in the former communist nation.

NEWS ALERT: Anti-Communists Storm Moldova’s Parliament (News Watch)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife protest-in-chisinau-deno-001CHISINAU, MOLDOVA (BosNewsLife)-- Facing student-led demonstrations, the Moldova's ruling Communists has agreed to recount parliamentary election returns that gave the victory in Sunday's vote to the Communist Party.

NEWS WATCH: Eastern EU States Under Western Pressure Amid Social Unrest

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Romania and Hungary are among several former Communist nations of the European Union facing social and political turmoil, as the EU and other Western institutions demand far reaching political and austerity measures in exchange for multi-billion dollar financial assistance. The resulting tensions have revived a debate over how much sovereignty eastern EU members should give up, more than two decades after freeing themselves from the Soviet Union's sphere of influence.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Tense After Government Wins Parliamentary Poll

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Listen to the BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUCHAREST/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Official results show Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's center-left alliance has won a clear victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections with about 57 percent of the vote. The outcome puts him in a strong position in an ongoing power struggle with the rightist president.

NEWS ALERT: Hungary Condemns Attack Against Catholic Institute in Romania; Rector Injured

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary on Monday, June 20, condemned an attack on a Catholic theological institute in neighboring Romania that left its ethnic Hungarian rector briefly unconsciousness.

NEWS WATCH: Former Communists Claim Romanian Elections

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The left leaning Social Democratic Party, the successor of the former Communist party, has won the most votes in Romania's first parliamentary elections since becoming a member of the European Union last year.

NEWS WATCH: Experts Exhume Bodies of Romanian Dictator, Wife

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Forensic analysts have exhumed what are believed to be the bodies of late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, who were executed in 1989. It comes after relatives raised doubts that the couple was really buried in Romania's capital Bucharest.