Greece: Alexis Tsipras among the first to vote

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Greece: Alexis Tsipras among the first to vote

<p>There was a commotion as Alexis Tsipras arrived to cast his vote in the Greek referendum.</p> <p>Crowds gathered at the Athens polling station to witness the Greek Prime Minister posting his ballot.</p> <p>Polls suggest Greece remains deeply divided over whether to accept the conditions attached to the international bailout funds needed to avoid default and a banking collapse.</p> <p>The stakes are high. The government has urged voters to vote “no”, saying this is not a referendum on Europe. But some fear this could lead to Greece being ejected from the eurozone.</p> <p>Greece’s current bailout programme with the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank ran out on last Tuesday.</p> <p>Banks have been shut all week. Strict limits have been imposed on cash withdrawals.</p> <p> </p>