Radical Lefties Win Greek Elections

Anti-bailout party Syriza cruises to win in parliamentary vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 25, 2015 11:28 AM CST
Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition party laughs as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Athens, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.   (Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – A Greek state TV exit poll is projecting that anti-bailout party Syriza has won today's parliamentary elections—in a historic first for a radical left wing party in Greece. But it's unclear whether Syriza has won a decisive enough victory over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' incumbent conservatives to govern alone. For that, they need a minimum 151 of parliament's 300 seats. The centrist Potami (River) party is battling for third place with the Nazi-inspired, extreme right-wing Golden Dawn, whose leadership is in prison pending trial for running a criminal organization. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has promised to renegotiate the country's $270 billion international bailout deal. He has pledged to reverse many of the reforms that creditors demanded in exchange for keeping Greece financially afloat since 2010.

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