Greece votes today,world holds breath

With the election set to go down to the wire,European leaders weighed in on Saturday,urging Greeks to vote with their heads.

Written by Reuters | Athens | Published:June 17, 2012 1:15 am

European leaders urged Greece to reject radical leftists who threaten to tear up the terms of a bailout deal should they win an election on Sunday,a result that would send shockwaves through global financial markets.

Riding a wave of anger to rise from obscurity to contender for power,leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras,37,promises to reject the punishing terms of the 130 billion euro ($163.75 billion) bailout if he wins the nail-biter vote on Sunday.

On the right,establishment heir and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras,61,says that would send Greece crashing out of the single currency and condemn it to even greater economic calamity.

With the election set to go down to the wire,European leaders weighed in on Saturday,urging Greeks to vote with their heads.

Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker said there would be serious consequences if SYRIZA secured victory.

Tsipras says Greece’s lenders are bluffing when they threaten to turn off the funds if Athens reneges on the terms of the bailout.

Sunday’s vote is a re-run of a May 6 election that produced stalemate,when anger at the close-knit and often corrupt political clique that has run Greece for years propelled SYRIZA from the political fringe into second place.

Opinion polls published until a ban two weeks ago put the two parties almost neck and neck. Neither is expected to win outright,leading to coalition talks.

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