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Greek voters began voting on Sunday (July 7, 2019) in an early election that polls suggest conservatives are in power to end four years of left-wing rule blamed for more debt and poor crisis management.

The election is largely a confrontation between two contenders. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a 44-year-old left-wing party of Syrissa, is on his way to power in 2015, pledging to give up his austerity plan, but retreated weeks later.

Kyriakos Mitsutakis, 51, of the New Democracy Party, a descendant of a famous political family, is hoping to follow his father, who was prime minister while his sister was foreign minister. He also graduated from Harvard University and promised to provide "better" jobs through growth, foreign investment, tax cuts and removal of obstacles to business.

Polls show the "new democracy" winning by 10 percentage points, or between 151 and 165 seats in the 300-seat parliament. The number of Sereza seats is expected to drop from 144 to between 70 and 82 seats.

The vote began at 7 am (0400 GMT) and ends at 7 pm (1600 GMT), with 9 million, 903,864 voters registered, according to the Athens news agency. The first official results are expected about two hours after the vote ends.

Tsipras called in June for early elections following his loss in both the European and local elections by the new Democratic Party within two weeks.

Greece has been hit by a severe financial crisis since 2010, which required financial support from its EU partners three times.

(Reuters)

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