BUCHAREST Dec 13 Romania's President Klaus
Iohannis called political parties for a first round of
consultations on Wednesday on forming a new government following
Sunday's national election.
The Social Democrat Party won the ballot with just under 46
percent of votes in both houses of parliament, official results
from more than 99 percent of polling stations showed. It is in
pole position to form the new government after its long-time
ally ALDE secured about 6 percent.
Iohannis, who has said has said he will refuse to accept any
candidate with a criminal record for prime minister, told
reporters: "Integrity criteria in appointing the prime minister
remain in place."
Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea, who has remained in
his post despite being found guilty of electoral fraud earlier
this year, received a two-year suspended jail sentence.
(Reporting by Radu Marinas and Luiza Ilie; editing by John