Monday, October 5, 2009

Landslide Victory for Socialist Party

The main opposition Socialist Party won Greece's Parliamentary elections yesterday. They gained a clear majority of 160 seats in Parliament. Several news outlets have reported that this majority will help the new government tackle various issues easier. The leader of the losing Conservative Party (Kostas Karamanlis) has resigned as leader of his party.

It will be interesting to see how the new PM, George Papandreou, will tackle the various foreign affairs issues currently facing the country. He is becoming PM during a very demanding time, with the effects of the global economic crisis still being felt. George Papandreou has experience as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Simitis government. He replaced his predecessor, Pangalos, who was blamed for the botched Ocalan affair.

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