Samaras, meanwhile, cast Sunday’s choice as one between the euro and returning to the country’s old currency, the drachma. He has vowed to renegotiate some of the bailout’s harsher terms but insists the top priority is for the country to remain in Europe’s joint currency.
The vote went smoothly except for one incident in which 10 men armed with sledgehammers and wooden bats attacked a polling station in central Athens, wounding two policemen and setting fire to the ballot box. The attack took place in the Athens neighborhood of Exarhia, a traditional haven for anarchists.
Greek police were also investigating the discovery Sunday of two unexploded hand grenades outside private Skai television station on the outskirts of Athens.
Menelaos Hadjicostis, Demetris Nellas and AP television in Athens contributed.