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Greek PM, Finance Minister, to resign if "yes" vote wins

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:33

Greeks vote on whether or not to accept the tough terms of an aid offer, in an historic bailout referendum that was too close to call. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is all smiles as he casts his vote -- in an historic bailout referendum that could very well send Greece on a path out of the Euro. He's been championing a "no" vote -- telling Greece's 11 million voters to REJECT an international aid package that comes with more economic austerity. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "Today the Greek people send a very powerful message of dignity and determination. A message saying they are making their own choices." Tsipras called for the snap referendum on June 27, after talks with Greece's euro zone partners and creditors collapsed. Voters now face closed banks, limits on ATM withdrawals and the prospect of literally running out of cash. Some voters in the "yes" camp are seething over their Prime Minister. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) UNIDENTIFIED ATHENS RESIDENT, SAYING: "I'm very disappointed. I hope Greeks will be clever enough to vote 'Yes' today. This scumbag destroyed Greece in five months." Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, too, has been warning against a "yes" vote. But just hours before the first exit polls were due, the vote was still too close to call. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) ATHENS RESIDENT, YANNIS, SAYING: "I hope the International Monetary Fund gets the hell out of here. I'm strongly voting 'No'." Both Tsipras and Varoufakis have said they will resign if the 'yes' option wins in the referendum -- a vote that looks certain to herald even more turbulence whichever way it goes.

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Greek PM, Finance Minister, to resign if "yes" vote wins

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:33