Greece leaves behind five years of humiliation and suffering, fear and authoritarianism, said the leader of the winning Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras. He’s moving on Monday to build a stable government and plans to get rid of Athens’ three main creditors.
Tsipras was addressing thousands of cheering supporters at a rally in Athens. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament election.
The leader expects to be sworn in as the country’s PM on Monday. By Wednesday he will have a government in place, a Syriza official told Reuters.
Tsipraswill meet Panos Kammenos, the head of the anti-austerity party Independent Greeks, which also opposes Greece's bailout deal.Syriza now needs a coalition partner to get a working parliamentary majority of 151. Independent Greeks managed to secure 13 seats at the election.
He also plans to meet the heads of centrist To Potami and the Communist Party of Greece.
The 40-year-old leader plans to create the first eurozone government elected to undo the conservative polices of budgetary rigor imposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Greece as a condition of the bailout back in 2010.
"The verdict of our people means the troika is finished…The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country.” Tspiras was referring to three main creditors of the country – the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
Tsipras said the country’s "foremost priority” is for its people to “regain their lost dignity.”
"Our priority is to deal with the wounds of the crisis, provide justice, break with the oligarchs, the establishment and corruption…We have ahead of us a major chance for Greece and Europe."
Results @ 88% of votes SYRIZA 36.3 (149) ND 27.9 (76) G Dawn 6.3 Potami 6 (17) KKE 5.5 Ind Grks 4.72 PASOK 4.69 (13) #Greece #ekloges2015
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