New Democracy ekes out win in Greece / Struggle looms to form Greek coalition / Syriza hails its advance despite defeat / Samaras moves to wrap up coalition deal

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Series Details 18.6.12
Publication Date 18/06/2012
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Reports of the results in Greece's second parliamentary election of 2012 on the 17 June 2012.

Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party scraped its way to victory over Syriza, its radical leftist opponents in an election pivotal to the efforts of European leaders to hold the eurozone together.

The projected result made it likely that New Democracy would try to form a government with the socialist Pasok party and Democratic Left, a more leftwing party. It would be an uneasy formation comprised of politicians with little experience of working together in a coalition.

Syriza rejected calls for a government of national salvation.

Eurozone Finance Ministers within the Eurogroup welcomed the provisional results.

The troika of officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund would visit Greece as soon as a new government was formed to reassess the rescue programme.

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