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Greece votes as eurozone looks on anxiously

ANGRY CITIZENS:The feeling among voters was that they had had enough of big parties that led the country to a state of ruin and they want a change

AFP, ATHENS

Greece has already written off a third of its debts and is in its fifth year of recession. One in five workers is unemployed, its banks are in a precarious position and pensions and salaries have been slashed by up to 40 percent.

Voters are also fed up with corruption and cronyism. Immigration has also become an issue, raising the prospect that the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party may enter parliament for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“My aim is that the two big parties are kicked out of power. They have destroyed Greece,” Yannis, in his 40s, said as he cast his ballot.

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