– Greece votes in bailout referendum LIVE UPDATES (RT, July 5, 2015):
Polling stations have opened across Greece as millions of people are expected to cast ballots on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid. Recent polls have predicted a knife-edge result, with ‘Yes’ having a slight advantage.
Sunday, July 511:11 GMT:
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has reiterated in an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper that he will resign if Greeks vote “Yes” in Sunday’s referendum.
But he added: “There will not be a majority for ‘Yes’,” Reuters reported.11:05 GMT:
Speaking to journalists after casting a vote, Varoufakis once again slammed Athens’ creditors for using “terrorist methods.”
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has cast his ballot in the referendum. A day before, he had accused foreign creditors of “terrorizing” Greece.
“What they are doing with Greece has a name: terrorism,” Varoufakis told Spain’s El Mundo daily. “Why have they forced us to close the banks? To make people frightened. And when it comes to spreading terror, this phenomenon is called terrorism.”
— denise reese (@denice_ruptly) July 5, 201509:32 GMT:
Former PM Antonis Samaras has cast his vote.
“Today, we Greeks decide on the fate of our country,” conservative opposition leader Antonis Samaras said as he voted, AP reports. “We vote ‘yes’ to Greece. We vote ‘yes’ to Europe.”
— denise reese (@denice_ruptly) July 5, 201507:35 GMT:
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has cast his vote.
“Today, the Greek people send a very powerful message,” Tsipras said in a statement. “A message of dignity, of determination. A message that they are taking control of their choices. Many may try to ignore the will of a government. But no one can ignore the will of a people who are seeking to live with dignity, to live life on their own terms.”
— RT (@RT_com) July 5, 2015