In Greece, the country's much anticipated election is now over.
The New Democracy Party, the pro-bailout party, has won 29.7% of the vote, with the anti-bailout party, SYRIZA trailing closely behind with 27% of the vote. In all likelihood there will be a partnering of the two pro-bailout parties to form a coalition government, viz., New Democracy and PASOK that came in third with a low 12.3%.
The new government will have to implement 77 austerity measures, including laying off 150,000 Greek civil servants.
Paul Jay of The Real News talks to Dimitri Lascaris a lawyer, who has also worked for the Bank of Greece and the German Development Bank. According to Lascaris, 58% of the vote went to anti-bailout parties. "That's testimony to the intense opposition to the savage austerity that has been imposed on the Greek people," he contends.
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "Greece's Syriza Party Vows to Fight After Close Second-Place Finish" from Common Dreams.