ORIGINAL (12:04 PM) The first exit polls from today’s big Greek election are out…
The Conservative New Democracy party looks to have secured the largest vote (17 – 20%).
Crucially it does not look like ND and its rival centre-left PASOK have secured 39-40% of the vote, falling short of the support they needed to win 151 seats in the parliament. The lack of a majority could spell trouble for the passage of more austerity measures to comply with with the terms of Greece’s second bailout.
Stunningly, anti-austerity left-coalition Syriza (15.5 – 18.5%) seems to have the second largest share of the votes, surpassing the typically more popular PASOK.
Golden Dawn, the far right party that has caused much controversy in the country, looks set to win around 6 – 8% of the vote and enter Greek parliament.
Here’s a picture of the poll results via Greek TV:
UPDATE (1:47 PM ET): The newest round of exit polls are out from NET (via @lindayueh):
New Democracy: 19-20.5%
Once again, this does not appear to give New Democracy and PASOK enough votes to form a coalition on their own.
UPDATE (2:53 PM ET): According to Dow Jones, the Interior Ministry has said that New Democracy and PASOK will hold a one-seat majority. Even so, PASOK head Evangelos Venizelos has called for a national unity government, saying that the mandate provided to the two pro-eurozone parties in the election was not clear.
Via eKathimerini, these are the official interior ministry estimates:
New Democracy: 20.91%, 114 seats
Styriza: 15.27%, 47 seats
PASOK: 14.55%, 44 seats
Independent Greeks: 10.20%, 31 seats
Communists: 8.27%, 25 seats
Golden Dawn: 6.76%, 21 seats
Democratic Left: 5.90%, 18 Seats
See also: Why The Greek Elections Matter >
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