Leader of Greece’s radical left Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, has been sworn in on Monday as next Prime minister by Greece’s outgoing President Karolos Papoulias.
Mr. Tsipras broke with tradition in more ways than one: First he turned up at the presidential mansion for the ceremony without a tie and then instead of a religious oath he took a civil one.
Earlier he met Panos Kammenos, leader of right-of-centre anti-bail out Independent Greeks Party, and the two men agreed to form a coalition government together.
«The required majority in Parliament according to the Constitution is achieved and I hope that the existing majority of 162 deputies can become greater,» said the SYRIZA leader to Mr. Papoulias.
After he took the oath of office, Greece’s 40-year-old premier in a symbolic act he visited a National WWII Resistance Memorial for the fallen at the Kaisariani shooting range, in east Athens.
Meanwhile, Eurozone Finance Ministers met in Brussels a day after Syriza’s election victory and on the back of Tsipras pre-election rhetoric to end fiscal consolidation measures and cancel part of Greece’s debt.
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told journalists that they are ready to work with the newly elected government on the basis that “Membership of the eurozone means that you comply with everything you have agreed with,” AFP news agency reports.