Uneasy Political Scenarios Expected for Greece Poll Results
Havana, June 16 (RHC) Greece's Sunday elections have been labelled as a dilemma between painful austerity and disorderly default, a choice between the euro and the drachma.
No matter what the results on Sunday may be, the debt-ridden country is faced with uneasy political scenarios.
Alexis Papachelas, managing editor of the local "Kathimerini" daily wrote in an article that "Greece is in for a very rough landing ahead," noting that the intensity will depend on the results of the ballots and the willingness of international lenders to negotiate with the new government.
All the last opinion polls showed that the race will be too close to call, with the pro-bailout conservative New Democracy party battling for first place against the anti-bailout Left Radical Coalition (SYRIZA), with no party winning enough votes to form a government, in a replay of the May 6 elections.
According to the first scenario, the New Democracy tops the polls and its leader Antonis Samaras forms a coalition government with the traditional rival socialist PASOK party led by former Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and the moderate Democratic Left party.
They all pledge that they will seek a renegotiation of some tough terms of the bailout deals with European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders.
If the renegotiation process will not lead to a satisfying result, some breathing space for Greeks frustrated with austerity, the government could be short-lived.
Under the second scenario, SYRIZA, led by Alexis Tsipras wins Sunday's electoral battle and forms a coalition government with the Democratic Left of Fotis Kouvelis and the possible backing of PASOK or the anti-memorandum Right-wing Independent Greeks party.
According to the third scenario, Greece and the world witness again a full replay of the post-election scene after the May 6 polls. Party leaders fail to form a coalition or national unity government and the country is forced to hold a third round of elections and a catastrophic prolonged political paralysis.