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article imageGreece: Latest polls shows clear lead for far-left Syriza

By Katerina Nikolas     May 13, 2012 in Politics
As Greece wavers with no clear mandate to form a government, latest polls show a distinct turn in favour of the far-left anti-bailout party Syriza. The results indicate if a second election is called Syriza will swoop to first place.
Real News reports that the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has gained support at the expense of the other parties. It puts Syriza on 25.5 percent, New Democracy on 21 percent, PASOK on 14.6 percent and the Communists KKE on 5.3 percent.
According to a poll published in the Wall Street Journal the neo-Nazi party of Golden Dawn, which swept into Parliament last week with 7 percent of the vote, would still garner enough support to retain the 3 percent necessary to enter Parliament, but its share of the vote has fallen to 5.8 percent.
As support for Syriza has been rising all week it has been widely speculated that party leader Alexis Tsipras was confident enough that a second election would put his party in the lead and thus gain Syriza the additional 50 parliamentary seats awarded to the party with the most votes. This scenario would have influenced Tsipras to hold out against joining a coalition unity government this week.
Tsipras's statements that the bank accounts of private citizens should be used to support the Greek economy have been played down by Syriza. They are however a worrying indicator that a political leader who is under the impression that the private funds of a nation's citizens are up for grabs by the government shows a lack of economic maturity to run a country's economy.
Political science professor Athanasios Diamantopoulos spoke to GRReporter regarding support for Syriza victory in second elections and opined that voters may rally to the traditional mainstream parties following "the megalomaniac conduct of the leader of the party with his attempts to meet with French President Francois Hollande. He tried to intervene in the European affairs with the threats of unilateral withdrawal from the commitments without realizing that the state should be continued."
Diamantopoulos also raises the question of possible third elections in Greece if second elections also fail to secure a coalition government.
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