|Voters in Thessaloniki enter a high school to cast their ballots.|
Last night, the streets of Thessaloniki were in an uproar as Greece took Russia in the quarterfinals for the Euro cup. Tomorrow, there may well be another uproar -- and a potential default if Greece cannot form a coalition government.
Tonight's votes are still being tabulated. As of now, Public Issue and Sky News are reporting that New Democracy and Syriza are in the lead. With 23.10% of the vote counted, it's: ΝΔ με 29,53% (New Democracy), ΣΥΡΙΖΑ 27,12%(Syriza), ΠΑΣΟΚ 12,25 (PASOK) Ανεξάρτητοι Έλληνες 7,38% Χρυσή Αυγή 6,87% Δημοκρατική Αριστερά 5,95%, ΚΚΕ 4,38%. (www.skai.gr).
A Greek party needs at least 40.4% of the vote to secure a majority seat in parliament; anything lower necessitates a coalition. It looks as though it's going to be the conservative pro-eurozone party, New Democracy, and leftist anti-austerity party, Syriza, vying for power. Will keep you updated as the night goes on.