Greek Socialists win local poll as debt fears rise

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November 15, 2010 08:31

 
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ATHENS, Greece — Greece's governing Socialists emerged the winner of local government elections on Sunday, despite a record low turnout and renewed pressure on the crisis-hit nation to impose a new round of drastic spending cuts.

With 99.6 percent of the vote counted nationwide, the Socialists won mayoral races in Athens and Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, for the first time in 24 years.

Its candidates won eight of 13 races for regional governor, including greater Athens — giving Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou a badly needed boost amid recession and rising unemployment.

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