A look at the main Greek party leaders
Nicholas Paphitis - The Associated Press
A mother holding her child is reflected on an election poster of Democratic Alliance party at a bus stop in Athens, Saturday May 5, 2012. Greeks head to the polls Sunday in their most critical and uncertain election in decades, with voters set to punish the two main parties that are being held responsible for the country's dire economic straits.
—Antonis Samaras, New Democracy
The U.S.-educated economist, 61, is the likeliest winner of Sunday's election, but without a governing majority. Samaras approves Greece's bailout commitments while pledging to cut tax rates and provide an income boost to low-earning pensioners, large families and farmers. He wants to "retake" Greek cities from illegal migrants and scrap laws granting citizenship to second-generation immigrants. A rapid-rising conservative star in the late 1980s, Samaras briefly served as finance minister and as foreign minister when Greece's name dispute with Macedonia broke out in 1991. Following a decade in the political wilderness, Samaras was readmitted to New Democracy and became its leader after its dismal showing in the 2009 election.
—Evangelos Venizelos, PASOK
The 55-year-old professor of constitutional law served for nine months as the finance minister of debt-crippled Greece, successfully negotiating a second international bailout and the biggest debt relief deal in history.
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