Greeks Vote In Bailout Referendum

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes at a polling station in Athens on Sunday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes at a polling station in Athens on Sunday.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes at a polling station in Athens on Sunday.

Greeks voted on Sunday in a tightly fought referendum on wether to accept worsening austerity in exchange for more bailout funds, or reject it in a gamble that could see it crash out of the euro. Polling stations were open across the country of 11 million people. As the sun rose in a clear summer sky on Sunday, young and old were already queuing to have their say in schools and university buildings transformed into polling stations. Voting was to close at 7:00pm (1600GMT). The European Union and international investors were intently watching the poll, which was the biggest challenge to the European single currency since it came into being in 1999 and was adopted by Greece two years later. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insists a ‘No’ victory would strengthen his hand in the negotiations with the country’s international creditors. But EU leaders warn it would effectively be a vote to leave the 19-nation eurozone. The outcome was far from certain. Polls suggest the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps are neck and neck. Dimitris Halatsis, a teacher, said he was voting ‘No’ because “it’s the only chance the government and Greece have to apply pressure” on the creditors. Theodora, 61, a retired journalist, said she was voting ‘Yes’ because “it’s a ‘Yes’ to the European Union.”

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