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Syriza win 'means end to austerity'

A triumphant Alexis Tsipras has told Greeks his radical left Syriza party's election win means an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.

Official results with 60% of polling stations counted in the general election showed Syriza with 36%, far ahead of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's conservatives, who had 28%.

But it was still unclear whether Syriza would have the minimum 151 of parliament's 300 seats needed to form a government without support from other parties.

Mr Tsipras campaigned on promises of renegotiating the terms for Greece's 240 billion-euro (£179 billion) bailout, which has kept the debt-ridden country afloat since mid-2010.

To qualify for the cash, Greece had to impose deep and bitterly-resented public spending, salary and pension cuts and repeated tax hikes.

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