• Romania's presidential election eclipsed by political crisis

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    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanians are set to choose the country's new president Sunday, in a traditionally highly-contested election that's overshadowed this year by a political crisis which saw a minority government installed just days ago.

    Polls show incumbent center-right President Klaus Iohannis ahead with around 40%, followed by the center-left candidate Viorica Dancila, until last month Romania's prime minister, at 15-22%.

    Dancila's Social Democrat government was forced to step down after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament amid corruption scandals and allegations it wanted close control of the judiciary.

    Iohannis is a former leader of the National Liberal Party, which on Monday formed a minority government led by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban.

    If no candidate wins more than 50% on Sunday, there will be a second round of voting on Nov. 24.

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