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Greece's Governing Parties Lose Majority


Supporters of the leader of the conservative party New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, wave flags during a pre-election speech in Athens.

Supporters of the leader of the conservative party New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, wave flags during a pre-election speech in Athens.

With nearly all votes counted from the May 6 parliamentary elections, Greece's two governing pro-austerity parties have lost their majority, taking some 32 percent of the vote and 150 out of 300 seats.

Interior Ministry figures indicated that the conservative New Democracy party won 19 percent of votes, which puts it in the lead, but the down drastically from the previous election.

Its coalition party, the Socialist PASOK party, suffered even greater losses, finishing in third with some 13 percent.

Syriza, an anti-austerity coalition of leftist parties, is in second with almost 17 percent of the vote.

New Democracy and PASOK will look to renew their coalition, while Syriza will look to form its own anti-austerity coalition.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and the BBC

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