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Victor Ponta is no Victor

by Ana Fumurescu

Yesterday, amid palpable anticipation, Romania elected its new presidentiohannis. With an electoral enthusiasm not seen since the early 90s, Romanians both at home and abroad decided to side with hope rather than with certain corruption. The race came down to Klaus Iohannis, the ethnically German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, and Victor Ponta, the current Romanian Prime Minister. Although Romanians are generally known for their apathy in the face of widespread political corruption, yesterday was proof that they had finally had enough. Electing Victor Ponta, a blatantly corrupt politician who plagiarized his doctoral dissertation, would have signaled more of the same for Romania. Luckily, Ponta made some crucial mistakes.

In a style typical of debauched politicians who think only in the short-term, Ponta and his Social Democratic Party (PSD) poured resources and cyber vigilance into efforts to ensure his election. Not only did representatives of the PSD drive voters to the popontalls, but they also tried to shut down anyone speaking out against their candidate. The crucial missteps, however, were the PSD’s attempts to ostracize voters of the Romanian diaspora abroad, as they were more likely to favor Iohannis. Although Romania’s current voting procedures requiring Romanians to cast their vote on paper at polling stations or embassies already meant logistical difficulties for Romanian voters abroad, these complications were augmented by early close-outs of voting stations. Many voters even waited in line for an entire day only to be turned away at the door. Suspecting the PSD had a hand in this, Romanians abroad became even more eager to cast their votes, sparking massive internet campaigns against Ponta and solidarity protests by Romanians in the nation’s largest cities.

This outrage proved decisive and led to the election of the first president in Romania’s post-communist history who is a member of an ethnic minority and a non-Orthodox Christian. Although Iohannis’ plans for Romania are not the most well-defined, one thing is certain—the extermination of corruption is his top priority. This might seem rather vague, but it at least offers a glimmer of hope that Romania will not continue to stew in the immorality of the evidently corrupt Ponta. Iohannis also wants to push Romania more in line with the European Union and NATO, anromania voted to dispel the heavy stigma that still rests upon the country’s shoulders. While it would of course be naïve to expect Iohannis to achieve all these grandiose propositions, it is refreshing to see that Romanians have finally heeded the call of their national anthem (“Awaken thee, Romanian, from that deathly sleep/ Into which you’ve been sunk by the barbarian tyrants”) and awoken from their civic apathy. With the centennial anniversary of Romanian unification just around the corner, it seems that Romanians have come full circle back to another German leader. Hopefully, this will be just what the country needs.

2 Responses to Victor Ponta is no Victor

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  2. avatar Constantin Muntean says:

    Why do you preach lies? Who do pay you for this lying propaganda? Just because you are a Romanian gives you the right to lie to the American people and the world? Ponta proved his innocence in court regarding the false accusations of plagiarizing. What authority do YOU represent?… What education do you have, actually? I worked with students at 2 universities and my wife took a master exam this summer. I can tell you that you must “copy-paste” in order to pass all the exams because you are allowed only to quote and comment other authors, not to come with own ideas. Than, Ponta is a prosecutor (procuror), a person who work to sent criminal people to jail. You can corrupt a layer or a judge not a prosecutor. You have to be completely ignorant or completely stupid to believe that. Still you wrote it several times. I live I Stockholm (Sweden) and needed to cue 2 hours first time and 3 minutes second time at this elections. It was a well-orchestred hysterical desinformative propaganda via Internet to give the illusion that Romanians were stopped to vote. In contrary, in the first tour there were 3 cabins and in the second 7 cabins for voting. The personal embassy were very stressed in the second tour, and offered us all the assistance or help, they really did not know what to do to do their best. I senses that something was wrong when I saw people waiting outside with isotherm bottles with coffee as they prepared for a very long staying in line to vote. Who could dimension right the vote section as 2 of 3 Romanian seems to be illegal abroad and did not inform the Romanian state that they are in the respective country. And last not least, the chef for foreign policy and Embassies is the actual President, Basescu. The only way a person who barely speaks Romanian at the 4-th grade level, has no patriotic feelings, was not visiting diaspora, not even Republic Moldavia prior to being elected, a man who as we know broke the fiscal law not declaring his private lessons income, who also as we know broke at least moral laws being in child (and organ?) trafficking, etc., could win 20% in 2 weeks is mass-manipulation. This is a classic sad case to be studied in politics and psychology classes in Universities decades to come.

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