2007 Greek legislative election
Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on Sunday, September 16, 2007, to elect the 300 members of the Hellenic Parliament. The leading party for a second term was New Democracy under the leadership of Kostas Karamanlis with 41.87%, followed by George Papandreou and Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) with 38.10%. New Democracy managed to secure an absolute but narrow majority of 152 out of 300 parliament seats. The populist Popular Orthodox Rally entered the parliament for the first time with 10 seats, while the parties of the left, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), enjoyed a significant increase in their votes. KKE got 8.15% of the votes (from 5.89) and secured 22 parliament seats (from 12) and SYRIZA got 5.04% of the votes (+1.78%) and 14 seats.
All 300 seats to the Hellenic Parliament
151 seats were needed for a majority
Map of electoral districts, showing the largest party by share of votes. Darker shades indicate stronger vote share.
Distribution of parliament seats after the 2007 elections (Results).
New Democracy: 152 seats
Panhellenic Socialist Movement: 102 seats
Communist Party of Greece: 22 seats
Coalition of the Radical Left: 14 seats
Popular Orthodox Rally: 10 seats
|Date||September 16, 2007|
|Previous prime minister||Kostas Karamanlis|
|Next prime minister||Kostas Karamanlis (holding position)|
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