Seven parties managed to find a place in the new Greek parliament after the historical and crucial vote of yesterday. Allocation of seats is as follows:
New Democracy – 108, Radical Left SYRIZA – 52, PASOK – 41, "Independent Greeks" - 33, the Communist Party – 26, Nazi Golden Dawn - 21 and the Democratic Left - 19.
With 98.95% of ballots counted, it seems almost impossible for the three parties Green environmentalists, LAOS and Democratic Alliance to be able to collect the required number of votes to reach the threshold of 3% and enter parliament.
Under these conditions, 19.03% of Greek voters will not be represented in the new National Assembly. Moreover, the possibility of creating a coalition government with the participation of New Democracy and PASOK is receding, as the sum of their election results is not sufficient for a parliamentary majority.
For this purpose, Dora Bakoyiannis’ Democratic Alliance should enter parliament, whereas LAOS and the Green environmentalists shoud remain outside it. Only in this way, a slight (but still a) majority of parties that support the memorandum of economic aid to Greece could possibly be achieved.
Conversely, i.e. if LAOS and Green environmentalists or one of the two parties enter parliament, which is more likely, achieving a parliamentary majority for the parties supporting the memorandum will be like a "Midsummer Night's Dream."
According to the results so far, the only option in which New Democracy and PASOK can achieve a very small majority if the three parties remain outside parliament, but raise their rates, which will lower the threshold for forming an independent office. However, this scenario is too difficult to be implemented.
Later today, Interior Minister Tassos Yianitsis will submit the election results to the last parliamentary head Filippos Petsalnikos. He, in turn, will submit them to President Carlos Papoulias, who will then hand the mandate to New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras to form a government.
If his efforts fail, the mandate will be given to the leader of the second most powerful party - the Radical Left SYRIZA, after three days. If its leader Alexis Tsipras fails to form a cabinet, the mandate will be given to PASOK.
Each mandate is valid for three days. If all attempts fail, he will convene a meeting of political leaders in order to form a government. If this attempt fails, he will appoint the chairman of one of the three supreme courts prime minister and will assign him the task of holding new elections.