Greek election outcome not clear

Greek election campaigns have come to an end while country is ready to head to polls for third time in a year

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Election campaigns in Greece have ended on Friday leaving the possible outcome cloudy as Greeks are called to cast their ballots on September 20.

Opinion polls show no clear winner which could lead to a coalition government considering that the two big competitors, Syriza and New Democracy, will call it a draw. Amongst the five polls published, a clear outcome was not reached as two of them showed Syriza going ahead and the other two cite New Democracy as first.

In case of a coalition government, the two parties will come together and take action on matters, such as immigration, the labour market as well as the negotiations with Greece’s creditors.

Former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had agreed to the third bailout terms in August, fearing Greece would exit the eurozone, a stand that was widely criticised.

"I didn't give up the struggle. I took the stance of responsibility after a great deal of effort for this country to remain standing," Tsipras said in a televised interview on Thursday night.

Tsipras also had to deal with greek voters when former PM called for a referendum to let the people decide the county’s future regarding the austerity measures. Thus, people’s NO did not define government’s actions. "I dind't make the NO into a YES. We could not fall into a trap of the agreement we were given or to the trap of Grexit," Tsipras tweeted on Friday.

According to political analyst John Loulis, undecided voters is the biggest flow on the upcoming elections as dilemma surrounds Greek voters.

"These are questions that are not easy to answer and it seems that we won't have a clear image until the last minute," he told Reuters.

Being aware of the situation, Tsipras called all Greek citizens to cast their ballots through his twitter personal account on Friday.

Yet, Tsipras’s popularity seems to shrink as many supporters seem disappointed by his actions while he was serving as a PM.

During a political gathering in the center of Athens, a former Syriza party MP, Maria Bolari explained her position.

“The memorandum agreement that Tsipras signed is completely opposite to the left’s political ideas. The left wing of Syriza never believed that the negotiations would succeed. Inside the Eurozone, and especially in Greece, we are living with the barbarism of austerity, with wages 40 percent down and an official unemployment rate of 30 percent. Certainly there will be difficulties when we leave the euro, but we will have the chance to impose a different way – stopping payment of the debt, nationalising the banks,” she told The Independent.

“For us a new currency will be an instrument for the working class to protect its rights... Our vision is not nationalism but a new balance between social forces – in the long term, a revolution,” she added.

Costs pile up

Meanwhile, the snap election ahead will be another cost for the Greek government.

According to The Huffington Post the upcoming election will cost nearly 33.2 million euros ($37.5 million) as the country’s interior ministry has stated.

The cost comes at a time when the country is facing its biggest economic crisis having to live with austerity measures and pay up to a $356 billion debt.

TRTWorld and agencies