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World IN BRIEF : ROMANIA

Ballots Reprinted on Eve of Vote

November 03, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Millions of flawed ballots were reprinted on the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections that could see the first change of power since Romanians overthrew communism in a bloody 1989 revolution. President Ion Iliescu, a former Communist who has led the impoverished Eastern European country since dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was executed, holds a thin lead in opinion polls released before today's national elections. Iliescu has tried to ease the pain of economic reform by moving slowly, but Romanians seem reluctant to wait. Voters are expected to give the democratic opposition a majority in Parliament--giving it its first chance to form the government.

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