The radical left government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had lobbied for a 'No' result, arguing it would strengthen its hand in negotiations with international creditors. "No one can ignore the will of the people to live, to live with determination, to take its destiny into its own hands," Tsipras said as he cast his ballot in his Athens neighbourhood, appearing relaxed and wearing an open-necked white shirt. The question related to a bailout package that expired on Tuesday, the same day Greece became the first developed country to default on a repayment to the International Monetary Fund.
Athens (AFP) - 17:26 GMT - Stiglitz, Piketty back 'No' - Some of the world's leading economists have backed a 'No' vote. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and professor at Columbia University in the United States, has written that voting 'Yes' for the conditions tied to the bailout or 'No' both carry "huge risks". Thomas Piketty, a highly respected French economist who wrote the influential "Capital in the 21st Century", told French television network BFMTV that Greek voters would be right to reject the bailout offer put to them in the referendum.