Greece's ruling party loses EU vote

Greece elects 22 deputies to the European Parliament.

Greece's ruling party loses EU vote

Greece's ruling conservatives were beaten by the opposition Socialists in European Parliament elections, suffering their first defeat in five years amid a record-low turnout, near-final results showed Monday.

Results from 99 percent of polling stations showed the scandal-plagued New Democracy (ND) party garnered 32.29 percent of the vote compared with 43.03 percent in the last EU elections in 2004.

The socialist PASOK party notched their first victory under George Papandreou, son of late prime minister Andreas Papandreou, who took over the party reins in 2004.

The main opposition party captured 36.65 percent of the vote compared with 34.01 percent in the last EU elections and won eight seats in the European Parliament, as many as the conservatives.

Greece elects 22 deputies to the European Parliament.

"The people have spoken and our victory is great," said PASOK leader George Papandreou. "Greeks voted to demand a radical change in our country."

"These elections are making a wobbly government even more wobbly," political commentator George Papachristos told Mega TV.

While jubilant PASOK supporters drove through Athens honking car horns and waving party flags, the mood was more sombre at New Democracy headquarters.

The KKE Communists were in third place with 8.35 percent of the vote, below their 2004 margin of 9.48 percent, a result earning them two seats in the EU legislature.

The Laos nationalists nearly doubled their 2004 results after pulling 7.15 percent of the vote.

Left-wing Syriza -- the party most closely associated with the youth protests that rocked the country in December after police fatally shot a teenager -- slightly improved their prior score with 4.7 percent.

The fledgling Green party scored 3.49 percent, well below pre-election poll forecasts of up to double-digit figures, but still managing to win a seat.


Agencies

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