Tsipras clear winner in Greek elections

Former Prime Minister wins snap elections and meets with leader of nationalist Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos

Photo by: Reuters
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Reelected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates election victory with head of Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos

Updated Sep 21, 2015

Leader of the left-wing Syriza party Tsipras has returned to serve as the new Prime Minister of Greece after his resignation last month.

Syriza managed to win 35.4 percent of the vote, more than the conservative New Democracy (NDP) which came second with 28.1 percent.

The Independent Greeks party took 3.7 percent placing them in the seventh position. Tsipras has chosen to form a coalition government with the party even though head of New Democracy Vangelis Meimarakis had expressed interest in joining forces with Syriza.

"From tomorrow morning, with Alexis Tsipras as prime minister we will form a government," Kammenos said.

Meimarakis, congratulated Tsipras over his win saying that "I congratulate him and call on him to form the government that is necessary, and bring the [proposal] to parliament."

Tsipras, regarding his party's win at the general election, has said the result is a "victory of the people."

The elected PM, who gathered with his supporters at a rally in Athens. said that "In Europe today, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity, and this struggle will be continued together for another four years.”

"We have difficulties ahead, but we are also on firm ground. We won't recover from the struggle by magic, but it can happen with hard work," he added.

Tsipras also invited the leader of the nationalist independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos to the stage, saying that "together we will continue the struggle we began seven months ago."

With nearly 80 percent of the vote counted, the Greek Interior Ministry announced that Syriza is the top rated party in the general election.

Tsipras accepted a Eurozone bailout package, after 61 percent of Greek voters in a July referendum voted in a landslide against the deal, which had called for tougher austerity measures.

Tsipras resigned in August after the bailout crisis split his ruling party, leading to Sunday’s snap election.

While Tsipras’ supporters say that he went down fighting, Meimarakis identified his seven months as the ruling party leader as "an experiment that cost the country dearly."

Tsipras lost the support of 39 of his party's 149 parliamentarians when he agreed to Greece’s third bailout agreement on July 16.

In a television debate on Monday, he expressed hope regarding the upcoming election.

He has said that "In the previous election we got 149 [seats in parliament], when there was a danger of leaving the Euro. Now that danger is gone … we can get the two extra MPs we need."

Tsipras will be sworn in as prime Minister on Monday while the new government will be formed on Tuesday.

TRTWorld and agencies