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Alexis Tsipras voted back to power in Greece - September 21, 2015

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Alexis Tsipras, the leftwing leader of Greece, was voted back to power in a snap general election after he defeated his conservative rival. The race had been predicted to be neck and neck after Tsipras accepted an unpopular Eurozone-led austerity programme towards the end of his first term in office. But as all results came in on September 21, it became clear that Greek voters had agreed with his plea that he was the best person to take the country forward in a time of great economic crisis. Tsipras’s Syriza party got 35.5% of the vote, ahead of its conservative rival New Democracy’s 28.1%. This gave Syriza 145 seats in the 300-House parliament, a near-repeat of the January vote when the party won 149 seats. After the dramatic win, Tsipras said: “This victory belongs to the people and those who dream of a better tomorrow and we’ll achieve it with hard work.” He said this was “a crystal clear mandate to get rid of the regime of corruption and vested issues”. Conceding defeat, the conservative leader Vangelis Meimarakis said: “The election result, it seems, shows that the first party is Syriza and Tsipras. I congratulate him.” Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/20/syriza-set-to-return-to-power-in-greek-general-election Alexis Tsipras, Greece, snap general election, eurozone, austerity, New Democracy, Vangelis Meimarakis