Polls close in Greek vote testing austerity plan

Polls have closed in crucial local elections that Greece`s Prime Minister has vowed will lead to a snap general ballot unless voters show support for his government`s bracing austerity measures.

Athens: Polls have closed in crucial local elections that Greece`s Prime Minister has vowed will lead to a snap general ballot unless voters show support for his government`s bracing austerity measures.

Exit polls were not carried out in Sunday`s election, but opinion polls conducted earlier on voter intentions projected a surprise lead by the governing Socialist party`s candidate in the critical Greater Athens area — Greece`s largest administrative region.

Initial returns are expected in a few hours, and government officials have said Papandreou will make an announcement on Sunday night as to his decision on early polls.
Papandreou`s 13-month-old government instituted the fiscal reforms so his debt-strapped nation could receive EUR 110 billion (USD 140 billion) in international bailout loans.

Bureau Report

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