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Greek Election: The Key Players

Greece is back on top of the international economic and political agenda after a brief respite, as the country is forced to call a repeat election on June 17. This latest election follows a May 6 vote that left parliament divided evenly between groups of parties that support and oppose austerity conditions attached to a 130 billion euro ($163 billion) rescue agreed to in March.

The latest opinion polls in Greece suggest anti-bailout leftist party Syriza has taken the lead ahead of a vote that is widely viewed as a referendum on the country's membership of the euro. In the latest Public Issue poll presented on Athens-based Skai TV, Syriza have 30 percent of the vote, compared to pro-bailout conservative party New Democracy, which currently holds 26 percent.

The Syriza party is very much anti-bailout and even though it says it wants the country to remain in the single currency, many fear Syriza would push Greece further toward a euro zone exit. However, over 80 percent of the Greek population is in favor of keeping the euro. Click ahead for a guide to the key players in the coming election and Greek political crisis.

By Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 25 May 2012

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