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Anti-austerity party declares victory in Greece


In Greece, the leader of the largest opposition party has declared victory in Sunday's parliamentary election. The party had campaigned on a promise to review the country's austerity policy.

Alexis Tsipras, head of the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, told a crowd of supporters in Athens that Greeks have rewritten history after 5 years of hardship by putting an end to austerity and humiliation.

Earlier, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who leads the center-right New Democracy party, conceded defeat at a news conference in the capital. He said the Greek people have spoken and that he will respect their decision.

The election committee says with some 56 percent of ballots counted, Syriza won nearly 36 percent of the vote. The New Democracy party garnered 28 percent.

Syriza' campaign pledge included seeking debt forgiveness from the EU, addressing the country's debts and the rehiring of dismissed government workers, which widened support among those who are unhappy with the austerity policy.

After triggering the euro crisis 5 years ago, the governing New Democracy party implemented tight fiscal restraints in return for financial assistance from the European Union.


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