The results are a death blow to the country's decades-long two-party system, leaving both Pasok and New Democracy in a lurch. But this should not come as a surprise considering the widespread popular discontent largely due to how the Greek crisis and how has been handled.
The Greek election should be seen for what it is: a repudiation of the medicine Greece has been given over the past four years -- whether it deserved it or not -- with unintended and unforeseen consequences.
When Greeks go to the polls on Sunday, they will be reeling from one of the worst economic crisis in history that has cost them their jobs, pensions and is now denying them the power to plan for their future. So what is the way out?