Main opposition New Democracy party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos on Tuesday said the results of in the first round of municipal and regional elections "were a clear message of condemnation for the government's policies".

While the government was now pretending that it had not understood or even received this message, it would understand it during the second round next Sunday, he added.

"Twelve months after its crushing defeat in October 2009, ND has succeeded in practically eradicating the difference between itself and PASOK from 10.5 percentage points in October 2009 to less than 2 percent at present," he said.