Greece election: Anti-austerity Syriza wins election

Greece election: Anti-austerity Syriza wins election

Greece election: Anti-austerity Syriza wins election

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jan, 2015 | 6:12 am

With nearly 75% of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, though that number could change.

Left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, who wants to renegotiate Greece’s debt, said “the Greeks wrote history”.

The governing centre-right New Democracy has come a distant second.

Outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has admitted defeat and phoned Mr Tsipras to congratulate him.

Syriza’s result will send shockwaves through Europe, the BBC’s Gavin Hewitt in Athens reports.

A majority of voters in Greece have essentially rejected a core policy for dealing with the euro zone crisis as devised by Brussels and Berlin, our correspondent adds.

– BBC

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