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Well they got the majority, a narrow majority of just 152 / 300, but a majority still.

The final results were a cause of satisfaction for the conservatives (you don't get to sit idle while the country burns and get re-elected that often), as well as for the left and the far-right, in fact for everyone but the socialists, which probably set a new world record in speed of challenging a losing leader, when Evangelos Venizelos, a PASOK big-shot who has been setting himself up as the alternative to George Papandreou, gave a press conference 15 minutes after Papandreou made his concession speech, in which he made clear his intent to run for the party leadership as soon as possible.

Given that the conservatives were promising "deep reforms" (which means what it usually means around the world these days) I seriously doubt that he can muster enough support to pass anything of consequence.

The emergence of LAOS is a problem and possibly dangerous (because as I ponted out they are not posing publically as extreme rightists at all). I note that Lepen's "representative in Greece" got elected as did the son of the leader of a neo-fascist group: his father didn't manage to storm the parliament, so this guy decided to enter it...

The next few weeks will be interesting to watch, anyway...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 11:33:22 PM EST
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