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Greece's Papandreou pits future on local election results

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Greece's Papandreou pits future on local election results


Greeks votes in local elections today which could trigger a national ballot if the government fails to win enough support.

Greece is one of Europe’s most economically troubled countries and Prime Minister George Papandreou has been forced to introduce austerity measures after a debt crisis exploded.

He has threatened to dissolve parliament if he does not receive a fresh mandate for more budget cuts and structural reforms agreed as part of a 110-billion euro EU/IMF bailout.

Contrary to other debt-ridden countries like Ireland and Portugal, Greece’s ruling Socialists enjoy a comfortable parliamentary majority and recent opinion polls give them a lead over the main opposition conservative, New Democracy party.

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