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Alexis Tsipras sworn-in as Prime Minister of Greece

Alexis Tsipras of left wing Syriza party has sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece.

He was administered oath to the office by the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

It is second time, Alexis Tsipras has sworn in as the PM of Greece. Earlier in January 2015, he had sworn in for first becoming youngest PM of Greece since 1865 at the age of 40.

Background

  • In the September 2015 general (snap) elections to the Greece’s Parliament, Alexis Tsipras led left-wing Syriza party had emerged as the largest party.
  • In this election, Syriza party had won 144 seats in the 300 seat Parliament by securing 35 percent of total votes.
  • In order to meet governing majority in the Parliament, Syriza party had formed a coalition government with the support of Independent Greeks Party.

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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​.

Comment

  • 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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