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Greece

New MEPs: 25

 Group*  Party  MEPs
 Socialist  Pasok  9
 Centre-Right  New Dem  9
 Liberal    0
 Green    0
 United Left  Comm/
 Left All
 5
 Far Right    0
 Independent  Dem Soc  2
*key


Voting System
Proportional representation by national party list. No preference voting for individual candidates.

Seats are allocated under the d'Hondt system to parties which get at least 3% of the vote. Compulsory voting.


Main Parties:
  Communist Party
  Pasok
  New Democracy
 

Reports  

Greece

Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis accepted his party had been defeated by the opposition conservative New Democracy.

But Mr Simitis said he still aimed to join the European single currency in 2001 and would continue his economic reforms.

He explained his Pasok party's defeat as the natural "wear and tear" of being in power since 1996.

An exit poll suggested that the hostility of Greek voters to the country's involvement in the Kosovo conflict had hurt Pasok's popularity.

Pasok won just 32.8% of the vote, some eight points down on the 1996 general election, and five points down on the 1994 Euro-elections. New Democracy took 36% of the vote - a rise of nearly five points from 1996.

Both the Communists and the Left Alliance also benefited from Pasok's unpopularity, taking 8.7% (three seats) and 5.2% (two seats) respectively.

A left-wing splinter party, the Democratic Socialists (DIKKI), won two seats with 6.9% of the vote.
 

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