Greece: far right party returns to parliament

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An extreme right party that campaigned to rid Greece of illegal immigrants has largely held its bloc of seats in parliamentary elections, retaining support after a party official slapped a female politician and threw a glass of water on another on live TV during the campaign.

Official projections show the Golden Dawn party returning to the 300-member parliament with 18 seats, just three fewer than it won in an inconclusive election on May 6. In that vote, no party won enough votes to form a government amid a deep financial crisis that threatens Greece's place in the Eurozone and could hurt the global economy.

The conservative New Democracy party came first in Sunday's election and is seeking to form a coalition that does not include Golden Dawn.