Alexis Tsipras led left-wing Syriza party wins Greece General Election

Alexis Tsipras led left-wing Syriza party has emerged as the largest party in the general (snap) elections to the Greece’s Parliament.

In this election, Syriza party won 144 seats in the 300 seat Parliament by securing 35 percent of total votes. While the Conservative New Democracy Party has emerged second largest party by winning 75 seats and Golden Dawn has emerged third largest party by winning 18 seats.

It is the second election victory for Syriza party as it had earlier in January 2015 had formed coalition government with Alexis Tsipras as Prime Minister for first time.

Backgroud

  • In August 2015, the snap elections were called in Greece by President after then ruling Syriza Party led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras jad lost its majority in the Parliament.
  • The Syriza Party had lost its majority after some its members opposed the European Union bailout package of 86 billion US dollar which was accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
  • This snap election was held under the caretaker government led by first female Prime Minister of Greece Vassiliki Thanou. She was appointed in August 2015 by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos​.

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  • With this victory, Syriza party which is falling short of a governing majority is expected to form a coalition government with the support of Independent Greeks Party which was its partner in the previous government.
  • This victory also gives Syriza Party another opportunity to deal effectively with Greece’s economic crisis which is centre of Eurozone crisis due to huge debt and carry out new economic reform process.

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