David Pratt – Greece’s Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing Syriza party scored a huge victory in a re-election Sunday that returns him to the prime minister’s seat and voted in the antiestablishment coalition government that he led from January to August..
At that time, Tsipras fought against the austerity policies that Greece’s creditors want, but he is now expected to implement the bailout program he signed this summer.
With nearly a third of votes counted, Syriza was projected to win around 35.5% of votes with 28% supporting New Democracy, whose leader Vagelis Meimarakis conceded defeat Sunday.
Syriza officials said Sunday they would seek a repeat of their coalition earlier this year with the right-wing nationalist Independent Greeks party that rejected creditors’ economic demands and came close to bankruptcy before folding to German-led pressure for a bailout deal in July.
Tsipras called Sunday’s win a “victory of the people.”