New election on 17th June


A new general election was announced yesterday, with polling day to take place on 17th June. President Karolos Papoulias has appointed a new interim prime minister who was sworn in today. Interim Prime Minister Pikrammenos will be responsible for the preparation for and conduct of the election with a caretaker government which will have limited powers.

Meanwhile, the parliament which was elected on 6th May will meet today and will then be dissolved. New members of parliament will receive no pay for their one day in office.

Athens News reports that a new poll by VPRC for Epikaira magazine shows that Syriza is still on course to win the 17th June poll. The same poll suggests that the Independent Greeks and Golden Dawn, two new parties that did well in the 6th May poll will fail to reach the threshold to win representation in the new parliament. The results from the poll are as follows:

Syriza: 20.3%
New Democracy: 14.2%
Pasok: 10.9%
Democratic Left: 6.1%
Communist Party: 4.4%
Independent Greeks: 3.7%
Golden Dawn: 2.2%
Recreate Greece: 1.6%
Democratic Alliance: 1.1%.

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