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Cheers as Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party wins its third election in Greece

By AP Reporters

Published 21/09/2015

Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters at Syriza's party's main electoral base in Athens (AP)
Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters at Syriza's party's main electoral base in Athens (AP)

Jubilant supporters of Alexis Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party cheered, waved party flags and danced last night after the party comfortably won Greece's third national vote this year.

The victory came despite a rebellion within his party over his acceptance of a painful third international bailout.

With 44% of the vote counted, Syriza stood at 35.5%, with the conservative New Democracy at 28%, while the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn was coming in third with 7.1%, followed closely by the once-mighty socialist Pasok party with 6.3%.

Abstention was high, at nearly 45% in an election-weary country with a traditionally high voter turnout.

Although Syriza was projected as falling short of an absolute majority in the 300-member parliament, Mr Tsipras was expected to form a coalition government with relative ease.

The 41-year-old former prime minister triggered the election by resigning in August.

His former coalition partner, the small nationalist Independent Greeks, was set to win just over the 3% threshold to enter parliament, while centrist parties have indicated they would agree to a coalition to ensure repeat elections are not necessary.

New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis conceded defeat and called for a government to be formed quickly.

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