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Posted on: 06/Oct/2009

PASOK wins elections, succeeds to create self sufficient government

Main opposition PASOK party and its leader George Papandreou posted a landslide election victory on Sunday in Greece's snap general election, garnering 43.93 percent of the vote with the results from 99,3 percent of the precincts tallied nationwide.

 

PASOK was leading ruling New Democracy party by more than 10 percentile points, with the latter receiving 33.48 percent at the same 99.3-percent mark, with PASOK eying 160 projected MPs in Parliament, easily over the 150 minimum (out of a 300-deputy legislature) needed to form a self-sufficient government, while ND's tally, will be 91.

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In terms of smaller Parliament-represented parties, the Communist Party of Greece's (KKE) stood at 7.54 percent; 4.60 percent for the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance; 5.63 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) and 2.53 percent for the newly formed Ecologists-Greens party, which appears unable to exceed the 3-percent threshhold needed to enter Parliament.
 

Congratulations for Papandreou win

PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Sunday evening received several congratulatory phone calls from world leaders as well as Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, who congratulated him for his party's victory in Sunday's snap election, wishing him every success.

Papandreou, a former foreign minister, also received a phone call from US President Barack Obama, who said he wanted to be amongst the first to congratulate the PASOK leader, along with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and former Greek premier Costas Simitis, Papandreou's predecessor at PASOK's helm.

Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) president also conveyed his congratulations to Papandreou.


Karamanlis announced on Sunday Evening to step down from the helm of the New Democracy Party

 

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Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Suday evening announced that he will step down from the helm of his New Democracy party, in the wake of a same-day crushing electoral defeat and main opposition's PASOK landslide victory.

He said a party congress will be convened in a month's time, where he will not stand for re-election as party leader.

Karamanlis, 53, served as premier since March 2004, winning general elections twice (2004 and 2007), losing once by a slim margin in April 2000 before Sunday’s convincing loss.

He spoke during a nationally televised address at the Zappeion Hall in Athens, after first conceding defeat and phone PASOK leader George Papandreou.
 

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Comfortable PASOK lead, Parliament majority

Main opposition PASOK party and its leader George Papandreou posted a landslide election victory on Sunday in Greece's snap election, garnering 43.58 percent of the vote with 50 percent of precincts reporting nationwide at roughly 11:30 p.m. (21.30 GMT).

PASOK was leading ruling New Democracy party by more than 8 percentile points, with the latter receiving 34.98 percent at the same 50-percent mark.

Earlier, a unified exit poll aired by most Athens television stations gave PASOK between 41 to 44 percent of the vote to ND's 34.3 to 37.3 percent, with PASOK eying 151 to 159 projected MPs in Parliament, easily over the 150-limit (out of a 300-deputy legislature) needed to form a self-sufficient government. A 43.33-percent figure would translate into 160 MPs for PASOK, while ND's tally, if it stands, would be in the mid 90s.

In terms of smaller Parliament-represented parties, the Communist Party of Greece's (KKE) stood at 7.17 percent; 4.30 percent for the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance; 5.46 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) and 2.33 percent for the newly formed Ecologists-Greens party, which appears -- based on exit polls -- unable to exceed the 3-percent ceiling needed to enter Parliament.

The exit poll was conducted by the firms GPO, Alco, MARC, Metron Analysis and MRB-RASS, and presented by the state-run NET station, along with the private Alpha, Alter, ANT1 and Mega TV channels.


 


source: http://www.ana-mpa.gr

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