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Greece Votes On New Prime Minister

Greek voters exhausted by years of economic crisis, European-imposed austerity and political turmoil are heading back to the polls Sunday to vote for a new government.

The election pits the leftist Syriza party led by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras against the conservative New Democracy party of Vangelis Meimarakis.

The election – the third national election in Greece this year – was triggered when Tsipras resigned last month, barely seven months after he and Syriza was elected on a pledge of beating back the harsh austerity measures imposed by European creditors in exchange for billions of dollars of bailout loans.

Despite his pledge, and a July referendum in which Greek voters rejected a choice to accept the harsh terms set forth by the European creditors, Tsipras accepted the terms of a third economic bailout package worth $98 billion last month.

Meimarakis has accused Tsipras of incompetence in brokering the deal.

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