Official figures released by Greece’s interior ministry illustrate Syriza’s historic victory on Sunday night, which however isn’t complemented by an outright parliamentary majority.
With 99.9% of the votes counted Syriza gets 36,34% and 149 seats, two short of a majority. New Democracy receives 27.81% and 76 seats followed by extreme right-wing Golden Dawn in third place with 6,28% and 17 seats. Centrist Potami trails in fourth with 6,05% and 17 seats. The Communist party of Greece garners 5.47% and 15 seats, with Independent Greeks party at 4.75% and 13 seats. Finally Pasok, New Democracy’s partner in government, wins 13 seats as well with 4.68% share of the vote.
On Sunday night, facing a large crowd at the centre of Athens, Tsipras used the rhetoric that charachterised its electoral campaign.
”Today we close the vicious circle of austerity. Hope, dignity, optimism have returned, ” Syriza’s leader said.
”The Greeks have shown the road for change to Europe, a new Europe based on solidarity: the troika is a thing of the past. The vote against austerity has been loud and clear,” he stressed addressing the people crammed in the square outside Athens university
“The mandate of the Greek people today cancels, in an indisputable way, the memorandums,” Tsipras said, referring to the agreements the previous government reached with Greece’s creditors in return for bail-out loans
However, Mr Tsipras assured that his government will negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement for all sides and that he is ready “to cooperate with all European friends” in order for Europe to return to stability and growth.