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Greece’s Socialists win snap poll

Greece’s opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) has won the country’s snap general elections.

Outgoing PM Costas Karamanlis has congratulated Pasok leader George Papandreou and resigned as leader of the conservative New Democracy party.

With most ballots counted, the Socialists had more than 43% of the vote, to 35% for New Democracy.

Pasok needs 43% to win an absolute majority in parliament. It has been in opposition for more than five years.

Mr Papandreou, 57, told cheering supporters in Athens: “We stand here united before the great responsibility which we undertake.”

He said Pasok had waged “a good fight to bring back hope and smile on Greeks’ faces… to change the country’s course into one of law, justice, solidarity, green development and progress”.

He added: “I know very well the great potential of this country. Potential that is being drowned by corruption, favouritism, lawlessness and waste. Potential that we will set free.

original post @ BBC News

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