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Elections set for 20 September, Greece is officially in pre-election period

28 August 2015 / 18:08:38  GRReporter
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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has signed a decree ordering the dissolution of the current parliament and announced early elections on 20 September. The document also specifies the date of the first meeting of the next Greek parliament, namely 1 October.

Placing the presidential decree at the entrance to parliament has marked the formal beginning of the election period.

Meanwhile, the Greek media have presented the results of a poll conducted by the agency Metron Analysis for the Saturday edition of the newspaper Parapolitika. According to it, the next parliament will involve eight parties, SYRIZA’s former coalition partner Independent Greeks not being among them, and the margin between SYRIZA and New Democracy continues to narrow.

To the question as to "which party would you vote for if the elections were this coming Sunday?" Greek voters responded as follows:

For SYRIZA 22.2%, New Democracy 21.2%, Golden Dawn 6.4%, Potami 4.5%, PASOK 4.1%. The Union of Centrists of Vassilis Leventis and the newly formed Popular Unity party of Panagiotis Lafazanis will also be able to enter parliament with 3.8% and 3.1% respectively.

Independent Greeks receive the positive opinion of only 1.7% of respondents. The percentage of undecided is 11.2%.

Based on the results, Metron Analysis makes the following assessment of the election results:

SYRIZA - 29% and 129 seats, as the winning party in the elections receives a bonus of 50 seats,

New Democracy - 27.8% and 75 seats

Golden Dawn - 8.3% and 23 seats

Potami - 6.7% and 18 seats

Communist Party - 5.9% and 16 seats

PASOK - 5.4% and 15 seats

Union of Centrists - 4.9% and 13 seats

Popular Unity - 4.1% and 11 seats

Independent Greeks - 2.3%, which means that it will not enter parliament.

72% of poll respondents have a negative opinion about the results of SYRIZA and Independent Greeks’ governing.

79% are for Greece to stay in the euro zone and only 17% support the return to the drachma.

73% believe that the division into supporters and opponents of memoranda of financial aid now makes no sense, 18% are against the memorandum and 6% support it.

55% of respondents state that Alexis Tsipras made the right move by signing the new agreement whereas 40% consider this move wrong.

Other polling agencies will announce their results in the coming days as well.

Tags: PoliticsEarly elections20 SeptemberEight-party parliamentSYRIZANew DemocracyPoll
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