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The Two Weekend Elections That Could Have Had Global Implications -- PICTURES

June 18, 2012

Two countries began voting in elections over the weekend that had the potential to reverberate loudly beyond their respective borders. In Greece, the choice could have led to an exit from the eurozone. In Egypt, the already fraught election had the potentital to ignite more unrest. 

Greece's Socialist Party leader Evangelos Venizelos leaves the booth after voting during the elections in Thessaloniki on June 17. Greeks voted on Sunday for the second time in six weeks.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

Supporters of the far-right party Golden Dawn celebrate the results of the elections outside their headquarters in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Sunday. Projections showed Golden Dawn returning to the 300-member Parliament with 18 seats, just three fewer than it had won in an inconclusive May 6 election, when no party won enough votes to form a government. Greece is in a financial crisis that threatens it's place in the eurozone and could hurt the global economy.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

Leader of the New Democracy conservative party Antonis Samaras (center) speaks during a press conference in Athens. The New Democracy Party, which is willing to submit to European Union and International Monetary Fund bailout conditions, secured the most votes in Greece's national election, serving as a mandate to form a coalition government.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)


Alexis Tsipras, head of the runner-up Syriza radical left party, speaks at the Parliament in Athens on Monday. Tsipras declined to join in a coalition with Antonis Samaras' conservative New Democracy Party. Samaras said he would persevere in his efforts as debt-crippled Greece is in immediate need of being governed.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Antonis Samaras (left) meets with Alexis Tsipras in the Parliament in Athens on Monday. Samaras said he will meet with leaders of all parties "that believe in Greece's European orientation and the euro."(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An Egyptian woman casts her vote in a polling station during the second day of the presidential runoff in Cairo on Sunday. Egyptians are choosing between conservative Islamist Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, in a second day of a presidential runoff that has been overshadowed by the domination of the country's military.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)


The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi and his supporters celebrate his apparent victory in the Egyptian presidential election at his campaign headquarters in Cairo on Monday.(AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

A man paints the colors of the Egyptian flag on a boy's cheek in Tahrir Square on Monday during a celebration of Morsi's apparent win.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Ahmed Sarhan, a spokesman for Ahmed Shafik's campaign, hosts a press conference in Cairo following Morsi's apparent victory.


Maj. Gen. Mohamed el Assar (left) listens as Maj. Gen. Mandouh Shahin speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Monday. Assar, a senior member of the ruling council, said that the generals would transfer power in a "grand ceremony." He did not give an exact date or mention Morsi by name. He said that the new president will have the authority to appoint and dismiss the government and that the military council has no intention of taking away any of the president's authorities.(AP Photo/Sami Wahib)

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