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Romanian President Ion Iliescu faces the toughest challenge of his political life when his country goes to the polls Sunday for the second round of presidential elections.
A private poll released Wednesday gave his centre-right rival Emil Constantinescu a slight lead.
Iliescu is warning Romania’s poorest voters that a victory for Constantinescu would return the country to pre-Communism inequality.
Romanian leader Ion Iliescu arrived smiling for a live debate hosted by a private TV station in Bucharest.
But the latest polls show that his chief rival the centre-right leader Emil Constantinescu has taken lead.
Iliescu, a former communist who has run Romania since the overthrow of communist dictator Nicolai Ceausescu, faces a run-off on Sunday against Constantinescu.
The former university lecturer and his Democratic Convention have promised to speed up privatisation and restructure Romania’s ageing industry.
They’re pledges which have proved popular with many voters — especially urban ones.
The inhabitants of Bucharest live among the socialist heroic architecture of the Ceausescu era.
But an already poor country has progressed little since the end of communism.
Corruption and declining living standards have eroded Iliescu’s support during his seven year stint in power.
Shopkeepers like 50-year-old Adrian Neagu complain high taxes make it almost impossible to make a living.
A. I will vote for Mr Constantinescu because I trust he will change something
A. Like I’m paying 500 dollars (U-S) for a shop of 18 square metres. I think it will be better with the Democratic Convention in parliament and with Mr Constantinescu as president.
SUPER CAPTION: Adrian Neagu, 50-year-old shopkeeper
But out in the countryside it’s a different story.
Iliescu is trusted by Romania’s peasant farmers who see him as a guarantor of stability and prosperity.
In my opinion in these four years I hope Iliescu will stabilise the country. However, all the peasants are pleased with Mr Iliescu because he gave us land and saved us from unemployment and I hope that in the future things will get even better.
SUPER CAPTION: Gheorghe Tanase, 50-year-old peasant farmer
Iliescu’s claim — denounced as a sign of desperation by Constantinescu — that his rival would turn the clock back to the time when peasants were virtual serfs has not fallen on deaf ears.
Constantinescu wants to bring back the big landowners.
SUPER CAPTION: Gheorghe Olaru, 68-year-old peasant farmer
Romanians are faced with a choice between a man who seems to represent the old certainties, and another promising a fresh start for their country.
And its not just Romanians who are watching this election. Foreign investors whose cash could help pull Romania out of its backwardness will also be studying the results with interest.
Ce diferență între traducerea Associated Press și ce zice de fapt cel intervievat… niște diferențe de nuanță care maschează cât de jos era poporul român în vremurile acelea, mai ales din punct de vedere intelectual:
Buticarul zice că el plătește 500$ chirie, pe când traducerea e în taxe. Ce treabă avea sula cu prefectura?
Și țăranul, zice că Iliescu le-a dat șomaj, pe când traducerea zice că i-a scăpat de șomaj.
Genul ăsta de clipuri ne trezesc la realitate când ne întrebăm de ce o ducem așa prost. pentru că acum 10-15-20-25 de ani aceasta era imaginea mentalului colectiv și nu ai cum, fără educație, să ajungi în altă parte decât unde suntem noi acum.