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Alexis Tsipras to form a new government as Syriza win Greek election

Syriza have won the Greek election with 35 per cent of the vote.

By New Statesman

Syriza is poised to form a new government after winning Sunday’s snap election in Greece.

The leftist party, lead by Alexis Tsipras, won 35.5 per cent of the vote. The centre-right opposition, New Democracy, came in at 28.1 per cent, giving Syriza 145 of the 300 parliamentary seats.

In his victory speech, Tsipras said:

“Today in Europe, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity. This struggle will be continued together.” He then warned of “difficulties ahead … Recovery from the crisis can’t come magically, but it can come through tough work.”

Syriza will form a coalition with the small nationalist party Independent Greeks, resulting in a 151-seat majority. The first task for the new government will be to put together a budget.

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