The latest on line results for the Greek election has Syriza ahead with 1.167 million votes. With 63% of the votes counted shows the formerly anti austerity party Syriza once again winning the largest number of votes, 34.5% and 144 seats in the Greek parliament. It also looks for the present that conservative New Democracy will finish not far behind in second place with 28 % and 76 seats. Regrettably in third place with 232,024 votes will be the extremist fascist anti semitic party Golden Dawn who captured over 7 % of the vote and 19 seats. They are a dangerous force in Greek politics and their presence in Parliament is unfortunate.
The Popular Unity party which grouped members who had broken away from Syriza after it caved in to the EU austerity demands seems to have failed to get enough votes- the threshold is 3 % – to win any seats in Parliament.It received just under 94,000 votes some 2.85 % and thus no seats so far. Pasok the former social democratic governing party under Papandreou’s leadership won 17 seats and 6.4% of the vote.The independent Greeks won 3.7% of the vote and ten seats.The Communists 14 seats and 5.5 % of the vote. The centrist parties To Potami and Union of centrists got 11 seats and 9 seats respectively with just over 7 % of the vote between them. Turnout was also very low around 55%.
update: With 99% of the votes counted the results according to the Greek ministry of the interior are as follows:
Syriza 145 seats 35.5% of vote 1,920,837 votes
New democracy(conservative) 75 seats 28.09% 1,521,327
Golden Dawn (extreme right wing) 18 seats 6.99% 378,732
Pasok (social democratic) 17 seats 6.28% 340,190
KKE (communist)15 seats 5.55% 300,465
To Potami 11 seats 4.09% 221,345
Anel (right wing anti austerity nationalist) 10 seats 3.69% 199,782
Union of Centrists 9 seats 3.43 % 185,939
popular unity(anti austerity breakaway from Syriza) 0 seats 2.86% 154,716
others 0 seats 3.55% 192,417
So now with the European refugee crisis and Greece’s stagnant economy and Syriza’s reluctant but determined commitment to implement the austerity imposed on it by the troika we shall see what results. The Greek crisis will likely continue to fester .