Period in review: June 15-21, 2012
France (Jun 17, 2012)
The French Socialist Party (PS) won an absolute majority of seats Sunday in the second round of parliamentary elections. The PS and its allies captured 314 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, while the opposition Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) captured 191. The success of the PS follows the election of their candidate, Francois HOLLANDE, in May’s presidential election. Segolene ROYAL, the Socialists’ candidate for president in 2007, lost her reelection bid.
Greece (Jun 17, 2012)
Greek voters on Sunday gave a narrow victory to the New Democracy party in the country’s second parliamentary election this year. New Democracy captured 129 seats in Greece's 300-seat parliament, which includes a 50-seat bonus for placing first in the election. New Democracy’s Antonis SAMARAS became prime minister after forming an alliance with Pasok and the Democratic Left.
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