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Greek Elections: Conservatives Win Power from Syriza

EPA / UPG

Conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to become the next Greek prime minister after voters gave his New Democracy party a parliamentary majority on Sunday, Euronews reports.

With 39.84% of the vote (with 98% of ballots counted), New Democracy secured 158 of the 300-seat parliament — an absolute majority.

The contest, called on May 26 by Tsipras after his SYRIZA party's disastrous result in the European as well as local and regional elections, had largely been seen as a battle for the middle-class which was severely impacted by austerity measures following the country's near-bankruptcy and assistance from international creditors.

Prime Minister-elect Mitsotakis had focused his campaign on the economy and security.


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