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Romanians choose between prime minister and city mayor in presidential runoff

  • Wife of Romanian Prime Minister Daciana Sarbu comes out of a polling booth alongside her daughter, Irina before she casts her vote at a polling station in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians have begun voting in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    Wife of Romanian Prime Minister Daciana Sarbu comes out of a polling booth alongside her daughter, Irina before she casts her vote at a polling station in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians have begun voting in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian Prime Minister and candidate of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, enters a polling booth as his wife, Daciana Sarbu, and daughter, Irina Octavia, react to him at a polling station, in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians have begun voting in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    Romanian Prime Minister and candidate of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, enters a polling booth as his wife, Daciana Sarbu, and daughter, Irina Octavia, react to him at a polling station, in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians have begun voting in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly man casts his ballot in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians were voting Sunday in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    An elderly man casts his ballot in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Romanians were voting Sunday in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Romanians have begun voting in a presidential runoff between the prime minister who promises stability and a city mayor who says he will fight corruption.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta is favored over the mayor of the city of Sibiu, Klaus Iohannis. Ponta led by 10 percentage points in the Nov. 2 first round.

Corruption probes of senior Ponta aides appear not to have dented the 42-year-old former prosecutor's chances. Iohannis, 55, promises an independent justice system.

Thousands protested in Romania after expats in Paris, London, Munich and elsewhere said they had to stand in line for hours and were unable to vote in the first round. The government says it has improved the voting procedure.

The winner will replace President Traian Basescu, who steps down after 10 years.