Together with Pasok party and the Democratic Left, a small party that won only 16 percent of the vote, Mr. Samaras forms a New Government.
Mr. Samaras had supported the bailout. After the May elections, in which New Democracy and Pasok suffered a drubbing while Syriza made big gains, Mr. Samaras has said he will seek to soften the deal’s terms; but soon, Mr. Samaras will be forced to make massive spending cuts to carry out the country’s “obligations” according to the Memorandum…
Syriza party stated it will fight if the new government does not repudiate the most onerous terms of Greece’s loan deals.
Meanwhile, the departmental finance minister George Zanias will represent Greece at the meeting of Eurogroup on Thursday, and Ecofin on Friday. Mr. Zanias will ask the Finance Ministers of the Euro zone for a time extension of two years to reduce the deficit (until 2016).
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Ministry of Interior
Minister: Euripides Stylianidis
Undersecretary: Charalambos Athanassiou (former president of the Judges Association)
1. NEW DEMOCRACY: 30.11% - 130 seats
2. SYRIZA: 26.49% - 70 seats
3. PASOK: 12.60% 34 seats
4. INDEPENDENT GREEKS 7.43% 20 seats
5. GOLDEN DAWN 6.93% 18 seats
6. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 6.05% 16 seats
7. KKE 4.52% 12 seats
None of the other parties is near the 3% threshold. Minor changes (+/- 0.5%) might occur at the final results.
Antonis Samaras made a statement from Zappeion:
The two police officers that were guarding the polling station got injured and they are transported to the hospital.
Experts express the opinion that the election process in the specific polling station must be repeated....
The first exit polls show that New Democracy party will get between 30.5 per cent and 27 per cent,the left-wing Radical Left Coalition of Syriza between 30 per cent and 27 per cent and PASOK between 12 per cent and 10 per cent:
1. NEA DIMOCRATIA: 27.5% – 30.5%
2. SYRIZA: 27% – 30%
3. PASOK: 10% -12%
4. INDEPENDENT GREEKS 6% – 7.5%
5. CHRYSI AVGI 6% – 7%
6. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 5.5% -6.5%
7. KKE 5% -6%
In another exit-poll by "Public Issue" for SKAI TV, Syriza seems to be the winning party with 25-31%:
People of Greece voted for the second time in six weeks in the elections that determine the fate of the crisis-hit country and maybe the future of the euro currency!
First exit polls will be published just after 7 p.m (Athens) when voting ends. The first official estimation will be released around 9:30 p.m.
In his article in "Financial Times Deutschland", the famous economist Nouriel Roubini, who had predicted the global recession of 2008 in 2006, says that either this year or the next, Greece will be forced to go bankrupt and leave the eurozone. This will happen even if a government will finally be formed after the elections of June.
Mr. Roubini says that Greece has fallen into a vicious cycle of bankruptcy, lack of competitiveness and continuous recession.
New Democracy party comes 2nd with 24% and PASOK was with 15%.
The poll also reveals an eight-party parliament:
Germany's chancellor has decided that Greece should hold a referendum on the euro together with next month's national elections! The news came from office of the Greek prime minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos who informed the leaders of the seven parliament parties on the content of the conversation between Merkel and Greek president Karolos Papoulias.
PM Pikrammenos contacted political leaders A. Samaras, Al. Tsipras, Ev Venizelos, Al. Papariga, N. Michaloliakos and F. Kouvelis and filled them in on the contents of the conversation held between the President and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the statement of the prime minister's office, Mrs Merkel expressed her thoughts to the President about a referendum alongside with the Greek elections. The referendum would have to do with whether Greek citizens wish to stay in the eurozone...
Although, the meeting of the political leaders lasted more than an hour, the political leaders could not agree on a certain political figure who would become the interim PM of the country in order to lead Greece to the new elections' round.
The proposal of ND and PASOK to keep Lucas Papademos on the post was not accepted the other parties and President Papoulias decided to place judge Panagiotis Pikramenos to the position of caretaker PM.
Mr. Pikramenos was born in Athens on 1945. He studied Law at the Athens Law University and post-degree studies in Public Law in Paris.
Mr. Tsipras states that the vote of Greek people politically illegalized the Memorandum due to which Greece was led to being “the only European country in peacetime which in 2012 is now in its fifth consecutive year of deep recession”.
Read the full letter below:
Syriza is probably the country's most popular party since there are no information about the two ex-major parties...
The international news agency Dow Jones Newswires, reported that Syriza is now garnering around 25% of the vote--up from the outcome of the 6th of May elections when it gathered 16.8% of the votes, two percentage points behind New Democracy's 18.9%.
Three parties are fighting (New Democracy, Syriza, PASOK) for the top spot in the country's critical parliamentary elections, with no definitive front-runner and none gaining enough votes to form a government!
The first exit polls show that New Democracy party will get between 17 per cent and 20 per cent, PASOK between 14 per cent and 17 per cent, and the left-wing Radical Left Coalition of Syriza, between 15.5 per cent and 18.5 per cent!
Exit polls of the Greek media:
The hackers managed to access the personal records of formerly German Ambassador, Mr.Ronald Wegener . Within the files, according to the video, there were various documents and audio from conversations between Greek investigators and prisoners! The file folders had the name «Terrorism»...
The files contain audio-visual material, part of which is published in this video, while the 17 GB of the material (from the attack on the servers of the German Embassy) is intended to be published on Wikileaks.
Nobody can predict what will happen next Sunday... The two (ex?) major parties are trying to gather their powers and find a strategy that will allow to reduce leakages of voters due to the memorandum... After all, the two parties have common political plans that are focused on the European commands for austerity and budgetary consolidation, and it is almost sure that they will join their forces in a possibly coalition government.
Of course this could happen only if PASOK and New Democracy parties manage to reach a total percentage around 38% (despite the 50-seat bonus that the 1st party will receive due to the electoral law) of the electorate to pass the 150+1 seat limit and gain the absolute majority in the 300-seat Parliament
In his message to the Greek people Mr. Papademos said that “Greece is in the middle of a difficult path.” and that he pointed out the need of effective cooperation among the political forces.
"The last 5 months have shown that when faced with big problems and exceptional risks, we can finally work together, we can overcome the differences and chronic pathologies of our political life, we can make tough decisions to ensure a better future. We created a bridge of hope and opportunity." said Papademos and he added...
"...the people will choose the forces that lead the way which ensures our country's stay in the European Union and the euro"
Ιn a symbolic movement, and based on the recent statements of the deputy PM Theodoros Pangalos (PASOK) who claimed that Greeks sell their votes during the elections, the man decided to place a sale ad for his vote at ebay.
This is the comment that the seller posted in his eBay offer:
A FEW DAYS AGO, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT, THEODOROS PAGKALOS, SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THAT GREEK ELECTIONS VOTES ARE SOLD. WELL, I DON’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIM.