Assuming no defects in Pasok or the New Democracy parties, the pro-austerity may just scrape together enough votes to barely piece together a ruling coalition. How long it lasts is another matter as Pasok was humiliated with a third place showing.
Reuters reports Angry Greeks reject bailout, risk euro exit
The last ballots have been cast in four high-stakes federal byelections and political junkies across the country are watching the numbers trickle in from the polling stations to get a sense of which political parties came out on top.
ATHENS: When Alexis Tsipras dropped the bombshell of a popular plebiscite on the tough demands of creditors keeping Greece afloat, he cited the country's pedigree as the "birthplace of democracy". Greeks, the left-wing prime minister said last weekend, "should send a resounding democratic message to the European and global community". For some, however, Sunday's rapid-fire referendum is, at best, a distortion of democracy.
London (AFP) - Britons head to the polls on Thursday for their most unpredictable election in living memory, with fears of weeks of brinksmanship as the two major parties struggle to cobble together workable coalitions.
BRUSSELS: Suicide, blackmail and lies EU leaders have accused Greece of a litany of sins since months of fruitless talks on a debt deal hit the wall, often in surprisingly undiplomatic language. While this criticism reflects frustration with the negotiating tactics of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his radical leftist Syriza government, it may also be part of a strategy to manage public opinion before the endgame of the crisis, experts say. Outspoken European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker is the most senior figure to lay his emotions bare.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s reformist-backed presidential candidate surged to a wide lead in a partial vote count Saturday, a top official said, suggesting a flurry of late support could have swayed a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran’s ruling clerics.