Greece Referendum: Greek Voters Reject Bailout Offer

Supporters of the "No" vote celebrate after the results of the referendum was announced.
Supporters of the

Supporters of the “No” vote celebrate after the results of the referendum was announced.

Greek voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout. The final result in the referendum, published by the interior ministry, was 61.3% “No”, against 38.7% who voted “Yes”. Greece’s governing Syriza party had campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were humiliating. Their opponents warned that this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone, and a summit of eurozone heads of state has now been called for Tuesday. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said late on Sunday that Greeks had voted for a “Europe of solidarity and democracy.” “As of tomorrow, Greece will go back to the negotiating table and our primary priority is to reinstate the financial stability of the country,” he said in a televised address. “This time the debt will be on the negotiating table,” he added saying an International Monetary Fund assessment published this week “confirms Greek views that restructuring the debt is necessary.” The turnout in Sunday’s referendum was 62.5%. As the result became clear, former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who had campaigned for a “Yes” vote in the referendum, resigned as leader of the center right New Democratic Party.

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