Exit polls soon after voting ended in Greece’s January 25 snap election saw anti-austerity party Syriza having got 37 per cent and conservative New Democracy 25 per cent.
Far-right Golden Dawn was third with 6.4 per cent of the vote and centrist To Potami 6.2 per cent.
The Greek communist party took five per cent, followed by socialist Pasok, which got a mere 4.5 per cent of the popular vote in Greece.
George Papandreou’s newly-founded Movement of Democratic Socialists got too few votes to win seats in Greece’s parliament, according to exit polls.
The leader of the radical left Syriza, which unnerved financial markets with his sharp criticism of the bailout plan for Greece, displayed a very good mood as he voted, reports from Greece said.
“The message is that our common future in Europe is not that of austerity, but of democracy, solidarity and co-operation,” Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said.
Antonis Samaras, the former prime minister and leader of the center-right New Democracy also expressed optimism.
“These elections are decisive for our future and the future of our children. Today we decide whether to move forward with strength, confidence and trust, or whether we will embark on an adventure,” Samaras said.
(Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras. Photo: PIAZZA del POPOLO/flickr.com)