Greek polls: Pro-bailout parties could form govt

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People vote inside booths during the elections in Thessaloniki, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Greeks voted Sunday for the second time in six weeks in what was arguably their country's most critical election in 40 years, with the country's treasured place within the European Union's joint currency in the balance. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
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People vote inside booths during the elections in Thessaloniki, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Greeks voted Sunday …

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Updated exit polls predict that Greece's New Democracy party will come in first and could gather enough support to form a pro-bailout coalition to keep Greece in the eurozone.

Sunday's vote is seen as crucial for Europe and the world. Although no party appears to have won enough seats to form a new Greek government on its own, the polls indicate the country's two traditional parties — New Democracy and PASOK — will have enough seats to form a coalition together.

They have both expressed a willingness to work with other European nations to stay in the 17-nation eurozone.

The exit poll projected New Democracy as winning between 28.6 and 30 percent of the vote, giving it 127 seats in the 300-seat Parliament. That's ahead of the radical left Syriza party, which is projected to get 72 seats.

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