Far Left Wins Greek Election, Wants to End Austerity

A party that promises to renege on Greece’s bailout commitments wins the parliamentary election.

The building of the Greek parliament in Athens, September 8, 2009
The building of the Greek parliament in Athens, September 8, 2009 (Kirk Siang)
  • The far-left Syriza party has won 149 seats in the Greek parliament, two shy of a majority.
  • Outgoing prime minister Antonis Samaras has conceded defeat.
  • Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will be tasked with forming the next government. Possible coalition partners include the centrist To Potami and the right-wing Independent Greeks.
  • Tsipras said the Greek people had “written history.” He told supporters in Athens, “We are regaining our dignity, our sovereignty again.”
  • Leftists across Europe have welcomed Syriza’s victory.

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