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Canuck
05-07-2012, 01:57 PM
National Post Staff May 7, 2012 – 9:54 AM ET | Last Updated: May 7, 2012 12:03 PM ET

Fed-up Greek voters took to the polls Sunday to deliver a devastating blow to the political establishment and made hard turns to both the far-left and the far-right, with both a Communist Party and a Neo-Nazi party winning a significant number of seats.

Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn won its first seats in the Greek parliament since the end of the military junta in 1974, winning 21 out of 300 seats.

The party’s leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, warned rivals and reformers that “the time for fear has come” after his breakthrough.

“The time for fear has come for those who betrayed this homeland,” he said at a news conference, flanked by young men with shaved heads.

“We are coming.”

Golden Dawn won about 7% of the popular vote.

In the 2009 election, the adamantly anti-immigrant party scored a mere 0.29% of the popular vote.

Leader of extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos talks at a news conference in Athens May 6, 2012.

Michaloliakos has said Greece can survive without the EU-IMF bailout, although their support is not being courted by the party seeking to form the government.

Greece’s Communist party also improved its standing, winning 8.4% of the popular vote for 26 seats. It had won 21 seats in the 2009 vote.

Sunday’s vote was a serious repudiation of the government’s austerity measures and has thrown the bailout plan into disarray.

Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras’s party, New Democracy, won the largest portion of the vote, but not enough to form a majority.

The pro-austerity party took 18.85% of the vote for 108 seats, and has three days to find support to form a government.

The second party, the left-wing Syriza, is against the EU-IMF plan.

The socialist Pasok, who support the bailout, fell to third place with 13%, for 41 seats.

Pasok and New Democracy won 77.4% of the vote in 2009 but only 31.1% this year.

Samaras has pledged to try to create a “national salvation government” to stay in the Eurozone but with easier bailout terms.

“In the effort to form a government of national salvation, we will talk to everyone except Golden Dawn,” a party official told AFP.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday it is of the “utmost importance” that Greece stick to the bailout plan.

She said Greece itself must find a coalition government to move forward with the plan.

hillbillyr
05-07-2012, 02:15 PM
Greek parliament .......................................300 seats.

Anyone else think this IS most likely the problem

lone-wolf
05-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Interesting.

M.T. Chambers
05-07-2012, 04:52 PM
Everytime there is an election in a country where things aren't going so well some of these wacko parties get a few seats and then people forget about them next election, look at Canada and the NDP.

KDX
05-07-2012, 05:03 PM
I think there's a member here from B.C. who might be from that Neo Nazi party. Maybe he's not really from B.C. and is from Greece.

Edward Teach
05-07-2012, 05:13 PM
I'm not surprised. Euros love their socialism.

Canuck
05-07-2012, 05:18 PM
I think it's hilarious that people elect politicians who promise them the moon, ie., early retirement, nice cushy pensions, etc. And then when everything goes to hell in a handcart because they didn't deliver, they elect some more politicians who promise to maintain the status quo for them. Get over it France and Greece! Start tightening your belts and suck it up. Austerity is the only way you will survive.

Stephen
05-07-2012, 05:45 PM
I think there's a member here from B.C. who might be from that Neo Nazi party. Maybe he's not really from B.C. and is from Greece.

Oh please just because a person does not support or like Israel they are a neo nazi?

KDX
05-07-2012, 06:06 PM
Oh please just because a person does not support or like Israel they are a neo nazi?

What are you talking about?

lone-wolf
05-07-2012, 06:47 PM
neo-nazis need hugs more then anyone

JustBen
05-08-2012, 04:06 PM
neo-nazis need hugs more then anyone

Hug-a-thug?

BruceW
05-10-2012, 03:11 PM
Joke is, the Greeks Should have been afraid of the gov't they elected. Lot of that going around this year.

Skeetgunner
05-10-2012, 07:50 PM
This is downside of proportional representation voting systems vs. FPTP systems.....people's 2nd and third choice often end up forming the government.