Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ New Democracy (ND) party leads with 41.1 percent of the votes cast in the Greek parliamentary elections. The left-wing opposition party Syriza came in second with 20.1 percent, and the Social Democratic Party PASOK with 12.7 percent.
The results so far are in line with first estimates after polls close, according to which the NDP could get around 40 percent, Syriza up to 29 percent and the Social Democratic Party PASOK up to 12.5 percent.
If the current results are maintained, according to the Greek Ministry of Interior, the ND will have 145 seats in the 300-member parliament and 71 seats in SYRIZA. However, this number would not provide the New Democracy with the absolute majority needed to form a monocle government. In this case, the deeply divided Greek parties will have nine days to find partners in a governing coalition. If they fail to do so, new elections will be held in about a month.
Greeks vote on the formation of parliament every four years. Analysts say the party would need more than 45 percent to win clearly, a feat not seen since the landslide victory of socialist Andreas Papandre in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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