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Greece’s elections so far. Everything you need to know in 400 words Election news

The parliamentary elections in the EU country are clear.

Millions of Greeks vote in general elections.

Here’s everything you need to know.

    • Polling stations opened at 7 am local time (04:00 GMT) and will close at 07:00 GMT (16:00 GMT).
    • The joint exit poll conducted by the six polling stations will be published as soon as the voting ends.
    • The first estimate of the vote count is expected at around 20:30 (17:30 GMT).
    • The main issues affecting voters are the economy, jobs and security with neighboring Turkey.
    • The parties must clear the threshold of 3 percent in order to pass to the 300-seat parliament.
    • New Democracy, the center-right party led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has 31-38 percent of voters.
    • It is followed by Syriza, the main opposition leftist party led by Alexis Tsipras, trailing by 4-7 percentage points.
    • Elections are unlikely to have a clear winner after the change in the country’s electoral system.
    • A second vote is expected in early July if the political parties do not agree on a coalition. This is considered highly unlikely.
    • Surveys show the country is in fairly strong economic health, with unemployment falling and growth forecast to double the European Union rate this year.
    • But economic issues remain a key focus amid a cost-of-living crisis.
    • Mitsotakis, 55, called on voters not to put economic stability aside.
    • However, 48-year-old Tsipras accuses the “New Democracy” of conducting harmonious economics.

  • If no party wins outright, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou will give the leader of the largest party a three-day mandate to form a coalition.
  • Failing that, the intelligence mandate will be handed over to a second party, then a third party. If the parties fail to agree, the president holds a final meeting with party leaders to form a government or interim government that will call for elections. they still can’t agree, he appoints an interim government to call new elections. A high-ranking judicial official, who is supposed to be the head of one of Greece’s three main courts, has been appointed acting prime minister until new elections.
  • Crucially, in those elections, the system will return to semi-proportional representation with a decreasing scale of seats, which increases the party’s chances of winning outright.
  • Under that semi-proportional system, the winning party gets a bonus of 20 seats if it gets at least 25 percent of the vote, and can get up to 50 seats if it gets about 40 percent of the vote.

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