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Official projections show New Democracy in lead in Greece

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:36

June 17 - Official projections show the conservative New Democracy Party with the lead in Greek election. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Parties committed to Greece's multi-billion-euro bailout are on course to secure a slim parliamentary majority in an election result that could keep the debt-laden country in the euro zone, according to an official vote projection. The projection, released by the interior ministry after polls closed on Sunday, show conservative New Democracy just ahead of the radical leftist party SYRIZA. The projection is based on votes counted on the spot at about 12 percent of polling stations that were sent to the ministry by text message. One new democracy supporter is worried about the narrow results. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) NEW DEMOCRACY SUPPORTER DIMITRIS YANNOPOULOS, SAYING: "We are talking about elections where either Greece will continue in the euro and will remain in the European Union, or it will want to be out of the euro and Europe, and from what it looks like unfortunately Greeks with their votes are showing that they are undecided, they don't know themselves what they want." A Syriza party member is already happy with the results. (SOUNDBITE)(English) THANASIS KOURKOULAS, A MEMBER OF SYRIZA SAYING: "Even if SYRIZA is second this means that millions of people who went on strike and demonstrated during the last two years now make a clear choice." Greece's lenders say a new government must accept the conditions of a 130-billion-euro (164-billion USD) Greek bailout agreed in March or funds will be cut off, driving Athens into bankruptcy. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Official projections show New Democracy in lead in Greece

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:36