Voting continues in Greece for a new government, with the country’s leaders casting their ballots.
Recent opinion polls suggest the conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his party could lose after five and a years in power. The electorate is angry at its handling of the economic crisis and corruption. His main rival George Papandreou is promising a 3 billion euro economic stimulus package. But voters are reluctant to give his socialist party PASOK- in power for years before the current government- a second chance. So they are not certain of gaining an outright majority of seats in Parliament. In that case, Papandreou says he will call another election. Whoever wins the vote, will face difficult problems – skyrocketting debt levels and an economy sliding into recession. The underlying factors for last year’s riots – rising unemployment and disenchantment with the political class – haven’t been resolved. Polling booths are expected to close at around 1900 local time. The first results will be available after that. euronews will keep you updated with live coverage throughout the day.