Greek Election In Pictures

- 2012-06-18T12:42:36Z

Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Antonis Samaras Celebrates Victory

Greece's two traditional political rivals are in a race to forge an unprecedented coalition as the state's cash dwindles, bank deposits flee and Europe demands renewed austerity pledges before releasing more emergency aid.

"There's no time to lose or leeway for small party games," Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, said in Athens yesterday after placing first in a rerun vote that leaves him needing the support of third-place Pasok party to rule.

Syriza matched its second-place ranking of last month by stepping up demands to abandon the fiscal-tightening program.

Left, Samaras leaves Syntagma square after greeting supporters in Athens, on June 17, 2012.

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