Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in a referendum on an international aid deal he is urging voters to reject. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cast his vote on Sunday (July 5) on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain. Greeks are split on whether to accept an offer by creditors that Tsipras calls a "humiliation" and is urging people to reject. Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial apocalypse, the vote looked too close to call and may not produce the clear mandate for negotiations that Athens' creditors seek. Investors and European polic ymakers say a rejection would set Greece on a path out of the euro, destabilising the global economy and financial markets. Voting on whether to accept more taxes and pension cuts would be divisive in any nation, even at the best of times. In Greece, the choice is faced by an angry and exhausted population who, after five years of crippling austerity, have now suffered through a week of capital controls imposed to prevent the collapse of the nation's financial system.