Conservatives take commanding lead in new vote, exit poll shows

People look at a screen displaying first exit poll on the day of the general election, in Athens, Greece, on June 25, 2023. [Louiza Vradi/Reuters]

Greece's conservative New Democracy party held a commanding lead in Sunday's parliamentary election, an exit poll showed, with former Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis set to clinch a second term in office.

New Democracy was leading with 40-44% of the vote, with the leftist Syriza trailing at 16.1-19.1%, the exit poll conducted jointly by six polling companies for Greek TV stations showed.

A projection, based on early results, is expected at between 1730 and 1800 GMT.

Sunday's vote is the second in the past five weeks, as a first poll on May 21, held under a different electoral system, failed to give a single party absolute majority in the 300-seat parliament. The system used in Sunday's poll gives the leading party bonus seats depending on voter support.

In the May poll, New Democracy held a double-digit lead of 20 points ahead of Syriza, which ruled...

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