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Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary election

  • The head of the Social Democrat Party, Liviu Dragnea, speaks to media after exit polls were announced in the parliamentary elections in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Two exit polls give Romania's left-leaning Social Democrats a huge lead in a parliamentary election placing them first with about 45 percent while the center-right Liberals came second with about 21 percent of the vote, although these are provisional estimates. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    The head of the Social Democrat Party, Liviu Dragnea, speaks to media after exit polls were announced in the parliamentary elections in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Two exit polls give Romania's left-leaning Social Democrats a huge lead in a parliamentary election placing them first with about 45 percent while the center-right Liberals came second with about 21 percent of the vote, although these are provisional estimates. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman casts her vote in Sintesti, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Romanians vote in a parliamentary election, a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power in a country of about 19 million, one of the poorest in the European Union. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    A woman casts her vote in Sintesti, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Romanians vote in a parliamentary election, a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power in a country of about 19 million, one of the poorest in the European Union. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)  (The Associated Press)

  • The head of the the Save Romania Union, Nicusor Dan, center, smiles as staff members cheer after exit polls were announced in the parliamentary elections in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Two exit polls give Romania's left-leaning Social Democrats a huge lead in a parliamentary election placing them first with about 45 percent, the center-right Liberals came second with about 21 percent of the vote while the Save Romania Union, a new party, which ran on an anti-corruption ticket, came third, allowing it to enter Parliament. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)

    The head of the the Save Romania Union, Nicusor Dan, center, smiles as staff members cheer after exit polls were announced in the parliamentary elections in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Two exit polls give Romania's left-leaning Social Democrats a huge lead in a parliamentary election placing them first with about 45 percent, the center-right Liberals came second with about 21 percent of the vote while the Save Romania Union, a new party, which ran on an anti-corruption ticket, came third, allowing it to enter Parliament. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)  (The Associated Press)

Near-final results show Romania's left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

Election authorities said Monday that with 99 percent of the votes from Sunday's balloting counted, the Social Democratic Party held about 46 percent and the center-right Liberals were second with over 20 percent.

Chairman of the Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea, spoke Sunday after exit polls were published showing similar results, saying: "There should be no doubt who won the elections. Romanians want to feel at home in their own country and I want Romania to be a good home for all Romanians."

The Save Romania Union, a new party that ran on an anti-corruption ticket, finished third, allowing it to enter Parliament.