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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Report: Greece's New Democracy projected to win, Expected to form government

by Calculated Risk on 6/17/2012 02:56:00 PM

From Reuters: Greek conservatives to win election: official projection (ht curious)

Greece's New Democracy conservatives are set to win ... The projection showed New Democracy taking 29.5 percent of the vote, with SYRIZA in second place with 27.1 percent. The Socialist PASOK followed in third place with 12.3 percent.

The result translates into 128 seats for New Democracy and 33 seats for PASOK, giving the two pro-bailout parties a slender majority in the 300-seat parliament.

New Democracy and PASOK back an EU/IMF bailout providing Greece with funds to stay afloat.
From the Telegraph: Greek election: Live
Official exit numbers are in, and New Democracy are on course to win. The numbers: ND 29.5pc, Syriza 27.1pc, Pasok 12.3pc, Independent Greeks 7.6pc, Golden Dawn 7pc, Democratic Left 6.2pc, Communist Party of Greece 4.5pc. These are numbers from Singular Logic, commissioned for the job by the Greek government.
This suggests New Democracy will be able to form a government. New Democracy's leader, Antonis Samaras, will try to change the terms of the bailout agreement, but generally supports the bailout - and strongly supports staying in the euro.

With the Greek economy in free fall, this just buys a little time until the next review shows Greece is far short of the bailout goals.