Greece: New Democracy leads polls amidst a fragmented parliament
April 25, 2012
On 11 April, caretaker Prime Minister Lucas Papademos announced snap elections on 6 May to replace the current interim coalition government. According to recent surveys, the centre-right New Democracy (ND) party, led by Antonis Samaras, is leading the polls, with the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), led by Evangelos Venizelos, coming in second. Eight other parties are expected to surpass the 3% minimum threshold required to enter parliament. The key point of this election is whether New Democracy and PASOK - which have formed a coalition since November in order to push through the economic reform program agreed with international creditors - will retain control of the majority in the 300-seat parliament and therefore continue to implement the reforms required under the terms of the bailout program. A poll conducted on 18-19 April by Kappa Research showed that the New Democracy party would win the elections, obtaining 25.5% of votes against 19.1% for PASOK, giving them a combined 170 seats, compared to their current total of 201. Other surveys project that the two main parties would secure just 155 seats.