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Greece's conservatives oust ruling socialists in elections

Greece’s opposition conservatives scored a convincing win in general elections, ending more than 10 years of Socialist Party rule as Greeks voted for change amid widespread discontent over low incomes, poor public services and corruption scandals. “It is a new start for all Greeks,” said Costas Karamanlis, leader of the conservative New Democracy party, said in his first televised speech as prime minister-elect. With half of the vote counted, New Democracy had won 46.7 percent compared with 40.44 percent for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party (PASOK) which has ruled Greece since 1993. Exit polls released by Greece’s television channels earlier predicted a comfortable win by New Democracy. PASOK leader George Papandreou conceded defeat shortly after the exit polls were released. Full Story

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