The top 2 leaders emerging from Greece's elections
Demetris Nellas - The Associated Press
Greece's conservative leader of New Democracy Antonis Samaras waves to his supporters at the headquarters of his party in Athens, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Samaras called for a coalition government with two aims, for Greece to remain in the euro and to amend the terms of its international bailout.
Here are profiles of the leaders of the two front-running parties:
—Antonis Samaras, New Democracy
The 61-year-old, U.S.-educated economist may have emerged as the official winner of the election, but with projections giving it less than 20 percent of the vote, he has led Greece's main conservative party to its worst performance by far since it was founded in 1974. The previous low of 33.47 percent was during the disastrous defeat of 2009.
Samaras' gamble to push for an early election in order to gain a parliamentary majority backfired.
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