Greek election critical and uncertain
Elena Becatoros - The Associated Press
A hotel customer, left, drinks a glass of white wine while looking down at socialist supporters gathering for their party's main election rally in central Athens' Syntagma Square on Friday, May 4, 2012. Fewer than 5,000 turned out to listen to party leader Evangelos Venizelos in the final rally ahead of Sunday's election.
Such is the disillusionment with the socialist PASOK party and conservative New Democracy, which have been alternating in power for the last 38 years, that neither is expected to garner enough votes to form a government. Days of wrangling over forming a coalition will likely ensue, with the prospect — alarming to Greece's lenders and much of the country's population — of another round of elections if they fail.
Public anger has been so high that politicians have been forced to maintain low-profile campaigns for fear of physical attacks on the streets in a country battered by business closures and hundreds of thousands of job losses.
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