Greece Votes In Its Second Election Of 2015

Polls indicate a tight race going into the vote.

The Huffington Post, By Nick Robins-Early, September 20

Greek voters may be feeling déjà vu Sunday as they head to the polls to cast their ballots in the country’s second election and third national vote of this year.

The two previous votes, the first of which brought former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party to power in January and the second of which rejected a proposed bailout deal, cast long shadows over today’s election.

Tsipras’ Syriza party is vying for reelection after a rebellion from members opposing the international bailout split the party in July. Tsipras resigned in August to pave the way for snap elections, hoping to consolidate his power after the schism with a new victory.

There were reports of low turnout in the early hours of the election. At one polling station in Athens, the pace was slow, and some who came out to vote there voiced a general sense of fatigue with the state of Greek politics.

The Telegraph Live Blog: Greek elections live: Tsipras vows to form new government as Syriza on course for narrow electoral win
Voter turnout set to be lowest in history with Syriza predicted to gain 30-34pc of the vote. Follow for latest updates from Athens

Syriza rule out Grand Coalition

Nikos Pappas, close aide of Alexis Tsipras, has told Greek media the party will not form a coalition with New Democracy. That maintains the line they’ve held throughout the campaign, despite ND’s insistence they can work with the Leftist party.

The Guardian’s Live Blog: Exit polls put Syriza on course for victory – live updates

Delighted – and mightily relieved – Syriza supporters stood, cheered and burst into applause as the first exit polls flashed up on the big screen in the party’s marquee on Korai square in central Athens.

Aristotelis Poulai, a commercials producer, said the result was “probably the best that Greece could do at the moment. I am more of the radical left so forgive me for not being completely thrilled – Syriza will have to make alliances. But it’s the best result possible right now.”

Updated exit poll confirms Syriza’s lead

Here you go. New exit polling data has just been released, and it confirms that Alexis Tsipras’s party is in poll [sic – and/or very punny] position.

The latest projection from Mega TV suggests Syriza could scoop as many as 145 seats.

That’s only a few shy of January’s election, when it got 149.

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