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Six European countries voting

2012-05-06 17:46

Paris - Six European countries are voting today (Sunday).

-FRANCE: A presidential race is being held that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalising on anger over austerity measures. About 46 million people are registered to vote in the election, the outcome of which could impact France's domestic and international policies.

-GREECE: Hammered by austerity measures, the nation votes in a parliamentary election critical to its prospects for pulling itself out of a deep financial crisis that has threatened its position in the eurozone. Thirty-two parties are vying for the support of nearly 10 million registered voters.

-SERBIA: The nation of 7.1 million people in southeast Europe holds presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections. The outcomes could affect Serbia's relations with the European Union as well as Kosovo, a one-time province whose declaration of independence Serbia has refused to accept.

-GERMANY: Voters in the northernmost state elect a new legislature, an important popularity test for Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition. About 2.24 million people are eligible to vote in Schleswig-Holstein state.

-ITALY: It's the nation's first election since Premier Mario Monti was tapped to save Italy from its debt crisis. The balloting is seen as a gauge of public anger against parties supporting his austerity measures. Some 9.5 million Italians were eligible to vote on Sunday and Monday for 942 city councils and mayorships.

-ARMENIA: About 2.5 million Armenians are eligible to vote for a new parliament in an election the nation's president hopes will give him a legislative majority. President Serge Sarkisian's Republican Party is expected to win, but it wants the majority in the 131-seat parliament to avoid having to form a coalition.