Greeks Vote In Critical But Uncertain Election

By: AP
By: AP

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greeks are voting today in elections critical to getting international bailout support as angry voters appear more than ready to punish both major parties for the country's decimated economy.

Entirely dependent on billions of euros worth of international rescue loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund, Greece must impose yet more austerity measures next month.

Such is the disillusionment with the socialist PASOK party and conservative New Democracy, that neither is expected to garner enough votes to form a government. Days of wrangling over forming a coalition will likely ensue, and failure would force yet another round of elections.

The last opinion polls published before a two-week blackout ahead of the election showed PASOK and New Democracy hemorrhaging support to historic lows since the last election in 2009.

Some warn that Greece faces default and mass poverty if voters back anti-bailout parties.


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