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.

2007 Greek legislative election

 2004 16 September 2007 2009 

All 300 seats to the Hellenic Parliament
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Kostas Karamanlis George Papandreou Aleka Papariga
Leader since 21 March 1997 8 February 2004 1991
Last election 165 seats, 45.36% 117 seats, 40.55% 12 seats, 5.90%
Seats won 152 102 22
Seat change 13 15 10
Popular vote 2,994,979 2,727,279 583,815
Percentage 41.87% 38.10% 8.15%
Swing 3.49% 2.45% 2.25%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Alekos Alavanos Georgios Karatzaferis
Leader since 2004 14 September 2000
Last election 6 seats, 3.26% 0 seats, 2.19%
Seats won 14 10
Seat change 8 10
Popular vote 361,211 271,764
Percentage 5.04% 3.80%
Swing 1.77% 1.61

Map of electoral districts, showing the largest party by share of votes. Darker shades indicate stronger vote share.

Prime Minister before election

Kostas Karamanlis

Subsequent Prime Minister

Kostas Karamanlis

Greek Parliamentary election, 2007
Distribution of parliament seats after the 2007 elections (Results).

Distribution of parliament seats after the 2007 elections (Results).
  New Democracy: 152 seats
  Popular Orthodox Rally: 10 seats
DateSeptember 16, 2007
Previous prime ministerKostas Karamanlis
Next prime ministerKostas Karamanlis (holding position)

The difference of nearly four percentage points between the first two parties resulted in George Papandreou announcing that he would seek reaffirmation of his party leadership, with Evangelos Venizelos and Kostas Skandalidis also declaring candidacy for the post.