Monday, June 18, 2012

The Greek General Election : What Now? - Update

Below you will find the recent Greek Election Results for the Parties who gained seats in their Parliament. There are 300 seats and the new Coalition Government is made up of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left. They hold a total of 179 seats between them with a total of 48.8% of the vote. This gives them almost 60% of the seats, due to the fact that under the Greek electoral arrangements New Democracy as front runners obtained an extra 50 seats.  But they were only 2.77% ahead of their nearest rivals SYRIZA. The Greek Coalition supports the EU bail out and its basic terms, but they are seeking to re-negotiate some items.  The Greek opposition has a total of 121 seats and took 45.8% of the vote, but they have divisions amongst themselves; being made up of the radical left SYRIZA, the Communist Party, Independent Greeks and the fascist Golden Dawn. The remaining 5.4% of the votes were shared by another 15 Parties and Groups who failed to qualify for seats, as none of these overcame the 2% barrier. To find out more about each Party and each of the their leaders, click onto their names below. The results are taken from here.

The complexities of Greece's politics and its economic situation will be the topic of our next Discussion Meeting when Dimitris Ballas will address us on "The Political and Economic Situation In Greece" at 8 pm on Sunday, 1st July. (See the right hand column). We are aware that the meeting clashes with the final of football's Euro 2012 competition, but it proved to be the only available date to deal with this key current issue.


Party Leader(s) Votes  % +/– Seats +/–

New Democracy (ND) Antonis Samaras 1,825,609 29.66
129 increase21

Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Alexis Tsipras 1,655,053 26.89
71 increase19

Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) Evangelos Venizelos 755,832 12.28
33 decrease8

Independent Greeks (ANEL) Panos Kammenos 462,456 7.51
20 decrease13

Golden Dawn (XA) Nikolaos Michaloliakos 425,980 6.92
18 decrease3

Democratic Left (DIMAR) Fotis Kouvelis 385,079 6.25
17 decrease2

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Aleka Papariga 277,179 4.50
12 decrease14

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