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Romanian president weighs options for PM after vote

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a...more

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union (USL) won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a...more

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union (USL) won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union (USL) won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a...more

Crin Antonescu, one of Romania's Social Liberal Union (USL) leaders and president of National Liberal Party, gestures after first exit polls for parliamentary elections in Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romania's prime minister won a clear victory in a Sunday election, which may herald another round of a power struggle with the rightist president and complicate talks for a new IMF deal. Victor Ponta's leftist Social Liberal Union (USL) won 54-58 percent of votes according to three exit polls and is headed for a majority, but analysts said President Traian Basescu may ask someone else from the USL to form a government. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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A woman and her children go past a referendum poster which reads, "We need work positions," on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Besides voting in the parliamentary elections, residents of the town took part in a referendum on whether they agreed with the relaunching of mining activities in the Apuseni Mountains and with the Rosia Montana extraction plan. The Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, which plans to open Europe's biggest open-cast gold mine in the town, and use cyanide to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver, is facing strong opposition from some locals, civic rights groups and ecologists. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

A woman and her children go past a referendum poster which reads, "We need work positions," on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of...more

A woman and her children go past a referendum poster which reads, "We need work positions," on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Besides voting in the parliamentary elections, residents of the town took part in a referendum on whether they agreed with the relaunching of mining activities in the Apuseni Mountains and with the Rosia Montana extraction plan. The Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, which plans to open Europe's biggest open-cast gold mine in the town, and use cyanide to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver, is facing strong opposition from some locals, civic rights groups and ecologists. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
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Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting him in a strong position in a power struggle with the rightist president. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting...more

Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting him in a strong position in a power struggle with the rightist president. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
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Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting him in a strong position in a power struggle with the rightist president. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting...more

Elections officials count ballots at a polling station in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Exit polls showed Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's alliance won a clear victory in a Sunday election, putting him in a strong position in a power struggle with the rightist president. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
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Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the leftist's party won a clear election victory. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the...more

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the leftist's party won a clear election victory. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the leftist's party won a clear election victory. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the...more

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta heads a government meeting at Victoria palace in Bucharest December 10, 2012. Romania's President Traian Basescu was left little choice on Monday but to re-appoint rival Ponta as prime minister after the leftist's party won a clear election victory. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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