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GOVERNMENT IS ACCUSED OF MULTIPLE-VOTE SCHEME

Romania's opposition Monday accused the government of busing its supporters across the country to vote several times in weekend parliamentary and presidential elections.

Results based on two-thirds of the total count gave the ruling Social Democratic Party more than 36 percent in Sunday's election, followed by the centrist Justice and Truth Alliance's 32 percent.

The figures leave both parties without a majority in parliament and in need of a partner for a coalition government. Candidates include the nationalist Greater Romania Party, with about 13 percent of the vote, and the ethnic Hungarian Party, which had 8 percent.

The presidential race also was close, requiring a runoff vote Dec. 12 between Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, with 40 percent, and his main challenger, Traian Basescu, with about 34 percent. Twelve candidates ran for president.

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