May 5 - Greek voters are expected to punish the two major political parties, both of which supported the bailout when they head to the polls on Sunday. Deborah Gembara reports.
Furious over austerity measures and a devastated economy, Greek voters are expected to punish the country's traditional parties when they head to the polls on Sunday. Lavrio, which is south of Athens, was once a thriving seaside town. These days, fishermen say they're working just as hard but few people can afford to buy their catch. Forty-two-year old Vasilis Sayiakos says he blames Greek politicians for allowing the nation to plunge into poverty. SOUNDBITE: Vasilis Sayiakos saying: "This government drove us to this situation. Now they tell us to vote for them to save us! This is ridiculous! And personally, me, I don't feel so stupid to vote for them again." It's a sentiment shared by many Greeks, according to Dimitris Katsikas, a political analyst at Athens University. SOUNDBITE: Professor Dimitris Katsikas, Political Analyst, Athens University, saying: "The people want actually to give an anger vote if you like, to give a vote that will punish the government, basically the two main-stream parties, that have governed in the past 30 or 40 years." The big questions for many in Greece and Europe is just what Sunday's election will mean to the bailout agreement the country accepted to avoid going bankrupt. The IMF and Eurozone partners have already warned Greece that whoever wins will have to stick with the terms if they want to receive aid. Deborah Gembara, Reuters