May 6, 2012 / 4:04 PM / 6 years ago

Greece's pro-bailout parties take a beating: exit poll

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s conservative New Democracy and Socialist PASOK parties risked falling short of the 151-seat majority needed to form a coalition government after Sunday’s general election, an exit poll from Kapa Research showed.

The poll for Reuters and To Vima newspaper showed New Democracy taking 16-19 percent of the vote, well below projections of up to 25 percent last month, while PASOK took 15-18 percent. The anti-bailout Left Coalition party was set to challenge PASOK for second place with 15-18 percent of the vote.

With a maximum of 37 percent of the vote, the only two pro-bailout parties which have ruled Greece for decades looked like they would struggle to form a coalition.

Analysts say the parties needed between 35 to 40 percent to obtain a workable parliamentary majority.

Reporting by Dina Kyriakidou, editing by Mike Peacock

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