The leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Romania, Liviu Dragnea, failed on Monday to pave the way for his premiership.

A Romanian court rejected Dragnea’s appeal to a 2016 vote-rigging conviction when he was given a two-year suspended sentence. In 2012, Liviu Dragnea inflated the number of voters that took part in a referendum to impeach ex-President Traian Basescu.

Romanian law stipulates that the Prime Minister must not have a criminal record. The final verdict means Dragnea w...

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