May 7th, 2012
05:09 AM ET

Greek elections leave political system in chaos

Greece's center-right New Democracy party looks set to get the first chance to form a new government Monday, but party leader Antonis Samaras will have a complicated task after an election where angry voters punished politicians for backing harsh government budget cuts.

No party is likely to have anything approaching a majority, leaving the politically and economically volatile nation even more in flux.

The Greek stock market plunged about 7% Monday morning as the final votes from Sunday's election were being counted.

With 97% of votes counted early Monday by the interior ministry, New Democracy - part of the present ruling coalition - finished first with 19% support to capture 109 seats.

That figure is barely half the percentage that it won in elections in 2009 and well short of what party leader Samaras admitted it hoped for entering this weekend.

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  1. know hunger

    Feed the hungry

    May 7, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    The stupid citizens havent learned socialism will never work.we should exile the occupy protestors to greece so they can learn socialism will never work.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We have seen too the ugly unbridled side of capitalism work against the common man here & in Europe. Economic experts & think tanks are now pondering a more viable system.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stephanos

    I have a right to more government free stuff, and I expect my elected representatives to give it to me. Just make the Germans work harder.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    @hamster
    How about we send all tea-bagger GOP fascists like yourself to Afghanistan and Iraq to finish the job your daddy GWB and ucle Cheney foolishly started.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Greek American
    Sad news again as every day from Afghanistan of our soldiers dying with Afghan civilians.
    God, a decade of insanity and no end in sight.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leslie

    Bush and Cheney are friends of big oil. They spent so much that they created this mess, not to mention the unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have bankrupted the world. Take power from the bad capitalists and return it to the people, of both Greece and the United States!

    May 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Warning

    This is a loud and clear signal from the people to the cold-spirited mean-hearted capitalists: If you will not share the wealth, then we will use our vote to elect representatives who will make you pay your fair share!

    May 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Why is it that somany decry help to the needy ? We're living in a country now where people who were able to acheive the american dream are now in the trenches. This is through no fault of their own. Due to corporations downsizing and/or outsourcing the work to other countries, we now have a whole new group of needy. If you still have a job, consider yourself fortunate and hope that you don't become another statistic. How can you claim to be american and not feel the need of your fellow man. Granted the system has been abused by some, but you just can't stand there and turn your back on someone who has at least tried. I truly hope that all of you who yell the loudest against helping don't ever face that situation. It ain't pretty.

    May 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    @bobcat conservative republicans give to charity on a much larger scale than these liberal democrats pushing this socialist redistribution of wealth. i have donated much of my time feeding the needy. i choose to do so but once you start telling me thats what i must do and who i will give to i have a big problem with that. voluteerism stops working when you force the hand of a volunteer. thats why freedom will always prevail and socialism will always fail.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yvette

      Socialism will always fail? Perhaps you didn't notice they just WON in the Greek and French elections. They have a better standard of living and more progressive perspective than you do. For your information, you are outnumbered in America. The people favoring social justice far out number the greedy rich who want to horde and conceal their wealth, and you will discover that your ideas are gone like the wind, antiquated values of yesterday, when Obama is re elected.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    @ leslie WHAT DONT YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE FACT THAT AMERICA WAS ATTACKED? maybe we should exile you to afghanistan since you dont see that as a valid reason to fight a war. bush and cheney did not double americas debt. OBAMA CREATED THIS MESS IN THE NAME OF SOCIALISM. unemployment was never this high under bushes watch. obama announced to the world that he wanted energy prices to skyrocket. welfare spending tripled under obamas watch. AGAIN OBAMA CREATED THIS MESS. calling those wars unnessesary is the same as calling ww2 unnecessary. that is a direct insult to my brother and all other veterans who ever fought a war.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greek American

    @hamster
    You are sadly so brainwashed by the Right that I know am certain you actually believe all this garbage you talk about on here. How can you compare WW2 to your daddy GWB's occupation? That's ridiculous, yet not surprising a statement coming from you though.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hamsta

    @ unamerican greek the present war and ww2 are almost identical in the fact that we were attacked and the fight evolved into a seperate fight with a country uninvolved. saying we had no business in iraq is the same as saying we had no business invading germany. husseins crimes are the same as hitlers. too bad we didnt use ww2 strategy in the current war. we didnt allow hindu temples at pearl harbor. we didnt treat the enemy with political correctness. we didnt wait on confirmation to shoot. you are the one who is brainwashed with all that obama flavored kool aid. this is america not greece.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hamsta

    @ unamerican greek exactly why do you think the military despises liberal democrats? ANSWER: BECAUSE YOU LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WASTE THEIR EFFORTS BY GIVING UP TO EASY AND YOU CALL THIS WAR A USELESS WAR. THESE SOLDIERS ARE STILL RESPONDING TO THE ATTACK ON AMERICA THAT HAPPENED 11 YEARS AGO.SORRY IT IS TAKING SO LONG BUT IT MIGHT NOT HAVE TAKEN SO LONG IF LIBERAL POLITICIANS WOULD MIND THERE OWN BUSINESS AND LET THE GENERALS DO THEIR JOB.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. icon archive

    This topic is simply matchless :), it is interesting to me.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |