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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Greek pro-bailout parties set for ruling majority | Reuters

Blogman's Notes: As I speculated in my last Economic Collapse News Update, it appears that the pro-Bailout parties will gain power in Greece. So look for great joy in the markets tomorrow, at least for a day or two until the reality sinks in once again that the problems confronting Greece and Europe and the world are unresolvable, and then the charade will once again begin in earnest of saving the Global Economy while the Powers the Be do everything in their power to make it collapse. All the Greek election results mean, as speculated in my last update, is that the PTB are not ready to pull the plug completely just yet! But that doesn't mean that the plug will not be  pulled; it is not a question of if it will be pulled but rather when it will be pulled?
A conservative New Democracy supporter points at a television screen showing the exit polls in the main New Democracy campaign center in Athens' Syntagma square June 17, 2012. A joint exit poll by five pollsters, published as voting closed on Sunday, showed New Democracy taking between 27.5 percent and 30.5 percent of the vote. SYRIZA was essentially level with 27-30 percent, followed by the PASOK Socialists taking 10-12 percent of the vote. REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol
(Reuters) - Parties committed to Greece's bailout were on course to secure a parliamentary majority on Sunday and the radical leftists who had vied for first place conceded defeat in an election that could keep the debt-laden country in the euro zone.

An official projection released by the interior ministry showed conservative New Democracy taking 29.5 percent, with the radical leftist SYRIZA bloc just behind on 27.1. The PASOK Socialists were set to take 12.3 percent of the vote.

Because of a 50-seat bonus given to the party which comes first, that result would give New Democracy and PASOK 161 seats in the 300-seat parliament, in an alliance committed to a 130 billion euro ($164 billion) EU/IMF bailout keeping the country from bankruptcy.

"I am relieved," smiling New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras told Reuters, leaving his office to joyous chants from supporters. "I am relieved for Greece and Europe. As soon as possible we will form a government."

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