Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed a ‘victory for the people’ tonight, after his left-wing Syriza party won its third national vote this year.
Six seats shy of an absolute majority, Tsipras said he would form a government with his previous coalition partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks of Panos Kammenos, who joined him on stage in Klathmonos Square in central Athens to rapturous applause from dancing, cheering Syriza supporters.
‘I feel vindicated because the Greek people gave us a clear mandate to continue our struggle, inside and outside the country to lift our country’s pride.’
Ex-defence minister Vangelis Meimarakis, leader of Syriza’s main rival New Democracy, conceded victory to Prime Minister Tsipras shortly after exit polls showed Syriza would come out on top.
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‘The election result appears to be forming comprehensively with Syriza and Mr Tsipras coming first,’ said Meimarakis, outside New Democracy’s headquarters in Athens.
‘I congratulate him and call on him to form the government that is necessary, and bring the proposal to parliament.’ source