On this day in 1990 the first free elections since 1937 took place in Romania. The elections were held for both the Parliament and the President. The turnout was very high, approximately 86% of Romanians cast their vote. The big winner of the elections was the National Salvation Front, who took the majority of the seats in the Parliament and whose candidate, Ion Iliescu, became president.
These elections are surrounded by controversy, considering the Front was made up by politicians who formerly belonged to the Communist Party. This is why the day is sometimes referred to as "the Blind Man's Sunday".