In Greece, people vote No and get Yes
Here is a fascinating sentence in The New York Times story about the election in Greece:
Because of a peculiarity of the Greek electoral law in which 50 bonus seats go to the front-runner, a pro-bailout government will emerge from a vote in which more than half of Greeks actually voted for parties that are opposed to the bailout or its conditions.
The people voted No and they get a government of Yes. How is that? Because the No side divided its vote. Most of the No vote is on the left: the rising Radical Left group, with 71 seats, the Democratic Left, with 17 seats, and the shrinking Communists, with 12 seats. But the No side also includes two parties on the right: Independent Greeks, with 20 seats, and Golden Dawn, with 18 seats.
As a result of the No voters not sticking together, the biggest party, and winner of 50 bonus seats, is on the Yes side: the center-right New Democracy, which won just under 30 percent of the vote. Also on the Yes side is the old center-left party, the Panhellenic Socialists (Pasok). That party, with 33 seats, is the one most likely to join a coalition with the conservatives.
This is a case in which the parliamentary system of government, which is supposed to express the people's will more clearly than the two-party system we have in the United States, gives an odd result.
Achenblog by Joel Achenbach
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