VOTING began on September 20 in Greece’s general election and opinion polls suggest that the result will be tight in the contest between the left-wing incumbent Syriza party and the conservative New Democracy.
The unexpected election, Greece’s fifth in six years, was called after the ruling party Syriza lost its majority in August as Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras’s agreed a new bailout deal with European leaders.
Greece is mired in a deep financial crisis and whoever wins Sunday’s election will have to oversee further tough economic reforms.
It appears unlikely that any single party will win enough seats to form a government alone which considering the differences between the two main parties, will add to the overall confusion and erratic behaviour of the Greek economy.
However it almost appears as if the parties and the Greek electorate have given up any hope of resolving the situation without accepting stringent economic demands from the EU as the election campaigns have been very low key especially in view of the back downs that Syriza has had to make since being elected on an anti-austerity ticket which led to the defection of 25 members of parliament.