Varoufakis loses European Parliament seat as final results arrive

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With more than 99.25% of the European Parliament votes counted on Tuesday night, another big loser from the elections was former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis whose party, MeRA25, lost its single seat after dropping below the 3% threshold. The seat went to main opposition New Democracy.

Greece’s main Opposition Party, New Democracy leads the electoral race for the European parliament with 33.12% (8 seats).

Ruling SYRIZA is second, with 23.77% (6 seats), followed by Movement for Change (Kinima Allagis/KINAL) with 7.72% (2 seats).

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) came fourth with 5.34% (2 seats) followed by Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) with 4.88% (2 seats), Elliniki Lysi with 4.18% (1 seat), and Mera25, which dropped to 2.99%, losing its seat.

With counting completed by Tuesday afternoon, Greece’s voting map looks as follows:

Ruling SYRIZA party won most votes in 6 of 59 voting regions in Europarliamentary elections on Sunday, while main opposition New Democracy (ND) came ahead in 51 of them. In Xanthi and Rodopi, northeastern Greece, the "Equality, Peace and Friendship Party" led all other parties.

Syriza gained its highest percentages of votes in cities or regions of Arta (34,77%), Iraklio, Crete (33,17%), Achaia (31,21%), Chania (28,67%), Western Athens Sector (27,55%) and Piraeus District II (27,50%), while ND got its highest percentages in Laconia (42,83%), Kastoria (41,30%), Northern Athens Sector (39,66%), the Argolid (38,63%) and Serres (38,19%).

Compared to the 2014 Euroelections, Syriza showed its greatest percentage rise in West Macedonia, Thrace and Epiros, and its greatest drop in the Ionian Islands and Attica.

ND showed the greatest rise in percentages in Attica and Piraeus District I, among others, and no loss of vote percentages compared to 2014.

On some of the islands that bore the brunt of migration - Lesvos, Samos and Chios - ND came ahead and showed a rise in percentages from its 2014 results, with Syriza following. Syriza also lost votes compared to 2014, although marginally so on Chios (0.99 %).