- Associated Press - Sunday, November 7, 2010

ATHENS (AP) — Official projections show Greece’s governing Socialists will win eight of 13 regional races, easing fears that the prime minister will call early general elections.

Prime Minister George Papandreou had demanded that voters in local elections show support for the government’s austerity measures, which are designed to pull the country out of its debt crisis.

Yiannis Karakadas, CEO of Singular Logic, which is handling the vote count for the Interior Ministry, said projections based on 10 percent of returns showed the ruling PASOK party winning eight of 13 regions in the first round of voting. He said the races in three other regions was very close.

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