Greek PM Tsipras Returns to Power


Alexis TspirasAlexis Tspiras will remain as Greece’s prime minister after his radical left-wing Syriza party won the embattled country’s fifth election in six years on Sunday. 

With 60 percent of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to be just short of an absolute majority, but the Independent Greeks have agreed to form a coalition.

The latest numbers put Syriza at 35 percent of the vote compared with 28 percent for the New Democracy party.

The snap election was called after Syriza lost its majority in August in the wake of an unpopular financial bailout deal with international creditors. Around 55 percent turned out for the election, which is a marked drop from the 63 percent who voted in January’s poll. “We have difficulties ahead, but we are also on firm ground,” Tspiras told a crowd of suppoerts in Athens. “We won’t recover from the struggle by magic, but it can happen with hard work.” Read more at BBC News.