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    ‘No’ Camp Takes Lead in Greek Referendum Poll

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    The majority of Greeks are expected to vote against the country accepting a new set of austerity measures demanded by its international lenders in exchange for continued financial support from the EU.

    Those coming out against the EU-proposed belt-tightening measures are now three percentage points ahead of the ‘Yes’ camp, according to the latest opinion polls published on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported.

    Four opinion polls published on Friday had the 'Yes' vote marginally ahead; a fifth put the 'No' camp 0.5 percent in front, but all were well within the margin of error.

    Many analysts believe the last-minute change in the public mood was prompted by a major pro-government and anti-austerity rally held in front of the Greek Parliament on Syntagma Square, where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end years of austerity, urged an estimated 60,000 supporters packing the downtown square to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors.

    Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets on Friday in rival rallies that laid bare the deep divide heading into a referendum that may decide the country’s future in Europe’s single currency.

    Alexis Tsipras rejected EU leaders' warnings that a ‘No’ result in Sunday's referendum on whether to accept the bailout could see Greece forced to leave the Eurozone.

    "On Sunday, we are not simply deciding to remain in Europe — we are deciding to live with dignity in Europe," he said.

    Approximately 10 million Greek citizens aged 18 and over will cast their votes until 7:00pm local time (1600 GMT) Sunday to decide whether to accept austerity measures proposed by creditors with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to euro currency referendum expected from 1800 GMT.

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