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live SYRIZA is holding the lead by 3-4%, according to early exit polls

25 May 2014 / 18:05:51  GRReporter
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According to the first exit polls in Greece, there is a 3% - 4% difference in favour of the oppositional radical left party SYRIZA against the ruling New Democracy.

The ranking of parties which participated in the European elections so far has been the following:

SYRIZA: 26 – 30%

New Democracy: 23 – 27%

Golden Dawn: 8 – 10%

 “Elia” Coalition (with PASOK as a main party): 7 - 9%

The Communist Party of Greece: 5 -7%

“To Potami” Movement: 5 – 7%

Independent Greeks: 3.5 – 5%

Democratic Left: 1.5 – 2.5%

LAOS: 1.5 – 2.5%

Another party: 9 – 10.5%.

Skai TV has broadcast its own assessment of the outcome of the elections, according to which SYRIZA is expected to win the European elections in Greece with rates ranging from 26.5% to 29.9%, followed by New Democracy with rates of between 23% and 26%.

The second round of local elections in the country is also being held in parallel to the European elections. According to preliminary results, the fight between the two opponents for the position of governor of Attiki will continue until the final vote count, since forecasts for both Yiannis Sgouros of “Elia” Coalition and Rena Dourou of SYRIZA range between 48% and 52%.

The only sure winner for the moment seems to be former mayor of Thessaloniki and independent candidate for a second term Yiannis Boutaris, for whom the first exit polls foresaw a rate of between 58% and 66%, while for his opponent, Stavros Kalafatis of New Democracy, the forecast was from 42% to 44%.

According to the first estimates, voter turnout in Greece is around or slightly above 50%. In a statement to the media, Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis indicated that the first official results will be announced at 10:00 p.m.

While entire Greece is following the results of the local and European elections, a group of youths turned Syntagma Square in central Athens into a large foamy bath. It is assumed that they have achieved this impressive result via pouring some shampoo and liquid detergent in the fountain of the square.

However, the message of the enthusiasts remains unclear. Nobody knows whether this is a triumph in terms of the expected victory of SYRIZA or a warning about the coming purification of the political system. The only sure thing is that the foam filled the whole square, where the election centre of former mayor of Athens and a contender for a second term George Kaminis is also located.

It is not excluded that he precisely is the recipient of the message, bearing in mind the criticism to which he was subjected in terms of the neglected appearance of the Greek capital city, especially at the end of his previous term. 

Tags: Politics European elections Greece exit polls
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