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Greek Election: Politicians Lining Up in Athens
CNBC.com | April 11, 2012 | 10:05 AM EDT

Greece’s most popular conservative party, led by Antonis Samaras, has led the field in recent polls – but is still likely to see its share of the vote shrink from 2009 elections, when it captured around 34 percent of the vote. Samaras has insisted that he wants to avoid another coalition with Pasok.

The Communist Party (KKE)

Greece’s oldest party, which played a key part in recent anti-austerity protests in Athens, is hoping for a boost to its 7.5 percent share of the vote in the last election, from some of those disillusioned with Pasok’s handling of the economy. This could lead to a place in a coalition government – the KKE has previously formed part of coalition rule with Pasok. Recent polls show it capturing around 12 percent of the vote.

Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza)

This union of several left-wing Greek political parties, formed during anti-capitalism protests in

the early years of the twenty-first century, has previously been noted more for squabbling amongst its members than its legislative clout. Yet polls now suggest that it has raised its share of support from around 5 percent to 12.5 percent.

Popular Orthodox Rally (Laos)

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