Romania's center-left gov't overwhelming wins parliamentary elections, first results show

Partial results show Romania's center-left government has overwhelmingly won parliamentary elections, an outcome that could bring more upheaval because of a bitter personal feud between the president and the prime minister.

Election official Marian Muhulet said Monday that the center-left alliance led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta won about 59 percent of the seats in the 452-seat legislature, followed by a center-right group allied to President Traian Basescu that polled just below 17 percent. Some 81.45 percent of the votes have been counted.

A populist party lead by a media tycoon scored about 14 percent in Sunday's election and an ethnic Hungarian party won just over 5 percent. Other parties did not get the minimum 5 percent.

Despite the clear victory, Basescu has indicated he would not appoint Ponta.