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Referendum ballots rushed to Greek islands

Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 01:05

Ballot papers are flown to the Greek tourist island of Naxos by helicopter, officials say, as the nation gears up for a pivotal snap referendum. Gavino Garay reports.

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A day ahead of a crucial vote that could determine their future in the euro zone, the ballots in Greece are being rushed to the polling stations. Here on the tourist island of Naxos, ballots that would normally arrive by boat were rushed in by air, says Deputy Minister Dimitris Lianos. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY MINISTER OF NAXOS MUNICIPALITY, DIMITRIS LIANOS, SAYING: "Due to the fact that this referendum took place in a very short time, they had to use the army helicopters and each island got all these boxes by helicopter." Tourists from the EU flock to this island every summer because of the ease of using the same currency... but that privilege may be in jeopardy. On Sunday, Greeks will vote whether to accept or reject conditions sought by international creditors to extend a lending lifeline barely keeping the country afloat. It could even determine whether or not the country is forced out of the euro zone. Opinion polls show a 'yes' vote with a marginal lead.. but for now, locals wait for the voting booths to open for what has become a defining vote for the country's future.

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Referendum ballots rushed to Greek islands

Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 01:05