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Conservatives win snap general elections in Greece, exit polls show

Athens / The conservative New Democracy party is the clear winner in the snap general elections in Greece this Sunday, and according to exit polls, it has topped the ruling Syriza party by as much as 16 percent.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged this Sunday his defeat and congratulated the winner, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

In a telephone conversation, both leaders agreed that the transfer of power will take place this Monday, immediately after which Mitsotakis will be sworn in before the nation’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, a ceremony scheduled for 1:00 pm.

When his victorious vote-count was in, Mitsotakis said that starting this Sunday “a new but beautiful fight begins” and promised to work for growth and employment in the country.

“I asked for a strong mandate and you have been generous in giving it to me. I will not disappoint you,” said Mitsotakis, whose New Democracy party won an absolute majority in the elections.

He promised that his government will be guided by the principles of transparency and meritocracy, and announced that the Hellenic Parliament will work all summer “because the future cannot wait.”

When 70 percent of the vote had been counted, New Democracy had 39.6 percent and 158 seats in a legislature of 300, seven more than an absolute majority.

In these first general elections in Greece since the nation’s economic bailout, Syriza will be left with 86 seats.

In third place is the centrist Movement for Change (Kinal) party, successor of the historic Pasok, with 8.1 percent and 22 seats, followed by the KKE Communist Party of Greece with 5.3 percent and 15 seats.

The surprise of the day could be in store for the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn, who could be left out of Parliament if they don’t top the 3-percent minimum. Exit polls give them 2.9 percent at the moment.

However, the new far-right Greek Solution party does have a chance, with 3.8 percent of the vote that would give it 10 seats.

Another party with possibilities to take a seat in Parliament is the leftist Mera25 group, founded by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, currently at 3.4 percent, which would give it 9 seats.

In the elections for the European Parliament last May 26, Mera25 missed by just a few votes from taking a seat there.

At present there are no figures on the percentage of Greeks who went to the polls, but according to local media, it was better than expected, considering that the elections were held during the summer vacations.

In a first reaction, New Democracy (ND) said that the Greeks chose its plan of government because they believe “it can improve their lives.”

Voter turnout is provisionally estimated at 56 percent. (July 7, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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lo que dijo el presidente saliente de Grecia.
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los resultados en las elecciones generales griegas.
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la actual situación económica de Grecia.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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Tsipras perdió muchos votos porque cumplió todas sus promesas electorales.
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el líder de un partido progresista ha ganado las elecciones en Grecia.
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el partido de Tsipras perdió las elecciones a causa del enfado de sus votantes.
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Según el texto, Nueva Democracia... (According to the text, New Democracy...)
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gobernará con mayoría simple.
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obtuvo la mayoría absoluta en estos comicios.
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estuvo a punto de alcanzar la mayoría absoluta.
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Tsipras reconoció que la economía griega todavía no está saneada.
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ningún partido de extrema derecha obtuvo más de un 3% de los votos.
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el programa para el rescate de Grecia ha perjudicado a Tsipras.
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En unas 'elecciones generales'... (In a 'elecciones generales'...)  
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se elige al alcalde un ciudad.
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se elige al presidente del Gobierno de un Estado.
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no se elige al presidente del Gobierno de un Estado.
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Una 'década' es lo mismo que... (A 'década' is the same thing that...)  
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12 años.
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20 años.
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10 años.
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Algo te 'pasa factura' cuando... (Something 'te pasa factura' when...)  
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no te produce ningún mal.
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te trae muchos beneficios.
C
te trae consecuencias negativas.
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Si un partido sufre un 'descalabro'... (If a party suffers a 'descalabro'...)  
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gana los mismos votos que en las anteriores elecciones.
B
pierde muchísimos votos.
C
gana muchísimos votos.
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'Recular' es... ('Recular' is...)  
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avanzar.
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permanecer inmóvil.
C
retroceder.
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Si te vas 'con la cabeza bien alta'... (If you leave 'con la cabeza bien alta'...)  
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te vas en esa postura para ver mejor.
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te marchas con dignidad.
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te marchas porque estás avergonzado.
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El artículo determinado para 'aparición ' es: (The definite article for 'aparición ' is:)
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la
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el
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lo
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