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Greek PM turns down opposition's call for snap general elections after euro polls

English.news.cn   2014-05-26 08:02:53

ATHENS, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reaffirmed his conservative-led coalition government's firm rejection of main opposition Radical Left SYRIZA's call for snap general elections following the latter's lead in Sunday's elections for European parliament, according to the first official results.

"The Greek people sent a message to the government, but rejected SYRIZA's call for overturning," Samaras said late Sunday commenting on the results which put SYRIZA ahead with 26.5 percent of votes over 23.2 percent for his New Democracy (ND) party with about 35 percent of total votes counted.

If the outcome is confirmed by the final official results which are expected on Monday evening, SYRIZA gains six seats in the euro parliament against five for ND out of a total of 21 seats allocated to Greece.

The two-partite coalition government withstood the double electoral test of the elections for the European parliament and local administration and remains a "guarantor of stability to exit the economic crisis," the Premier stressed.

He argued that SYRIZA's attempt to turn the double May 25 elections into a referendum of the bailout deals and the government's economic policy and fate, failed. Despite the lead in the euro elections, the Interior Ministry's provisional results in local polls indicate that SYRIZA wins just two out of the 13 regions contested across Greece and a minority of the 325 municipalities.

On his part, Alexis Tsipras, SYRIZA's leader and European Left party's candidate for the European Commission Presidency, speaking to the Press shortly after midnight local time talked about a " historic victory of the Left" in the euro elections and a clear mandate from Greek people.

He called for the conduct of early general elections "as soon as possible to restore democratic legality," predicting a sweeping prevalence of the "progressive alliance."

Besides the contradicting analyses on the outcome of the duel between the ruling conservatives and SYRIZA, the first official results of the euro elections in Greece showed a strong performance of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party which wins 9.3 percent of votes and 3 seats, according to the early official results.

In the 2012 general elections GD had entered the Greek parliament for first time winning seven percent amidst people's anger at the tough austerity implemented to tackle the debt crisis.

The center-Left electoral coalition of Elia (Olive Tree) which includes the co-ruling socialist PASOK party wins 8.1 percent of votes in the euro elections and two seats, followed by the newly founded center-Left party of Potami (River) which receives 6.5 percent and also two seats.

Greece's Communist party KKE garners 6 percent of votes and two seats, while the nationalists Independent Greeks 3.4 percent and one seat. In the two main contests in the local elections for the posts of the Regional Governor of Attica and the Mayor of the Municipality of Athens the outcome was mixed for the two sides.

With about 20 percent of votes counted, SYRIZA's candidate Rena Dourou led with 50.3 percent over 49.7 percent for incumbent Governor Yannis Sgouros in Attica, while incumbent Mayor Yorgos Kaminis with the support of the two coalition partners won SYRIZA' s contestant with 51.7 percent over 48.3 percent of votes.

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