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 far-left Syriza party has won 149 seats in the Greek parliament, two shy of a majority.
  • Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will be tasked with forming a government. Possible coalition partners include the centrist To Potami and the right-wing Independent Greeks.
  • Tsipras told supporters in Athens, “We are regaining our dignity, our sovereignty again.”
  • Leftists across Europe have welcomed Syriza’s victory.