Upset in the Greek political system

Two years after Greece entered the tunnel of indefinite austerity of EU-IMF oversight, the Greek electorate appears to have dealt a resounding blow to the two once biggest parties, Pasok and ND, which are blamed for bringing the country to the point of bankruptcy.
The complete upset of the political system appeared to be confirmed by exit polls that placed left wing Syriza second, with 14-18 percent. For days, the party was expected to multiply its 4.6 percent result from 2009, when it placed fifth. Party leader Alexis Tsipras has campaigned on a platform of forming a wider, leftwing coalition that would include both the Greek Communist Party (which has adamantly refused to form a coalition government) and Fotis Kouvelis’ Democratic Left Party, which is getting 4.5-6.5 percent in the exit polls.
If Syriza remains the second party when the final results are in, that will severely complicate efforts to hammer out a coalition.
ND leader Antonis Samaras looks to have been handed a Pyrrhic victory. Though his party places first – 17-20 percent (Public Issue/Skai) or 20.5-24.5 percent (Alco Net) in exit polls could be up to 16 percent lower than it received in 2009 (33.48 percent). That may be enough to produce a backlash from the more centrist, liberal wing of his party, which has not looked kindly on the party leader’s shift to the right wing.