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Leftist party wins Greece general elections

Athens, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) With 25 percent of the ballots counted in the general elections in Greece, the leftist Syriza coalition party, led by Alexis Tsipras, has won garnering 36.5 percent of the vote, the country’s interior ministry said in its first official vote tally. Prime Minister Andonis Samaras’s conservative New Democracy party had managed 27.7 percent of the vote, the ministry said Sunday. Former prime minister Yorgos Papandreu’s Democratic Socialist Movement won only 2.5 percent of the vote and will not have any seats in Parliament. “This is the first step toward progressive development in Europe,” the leftist party said in a statement.

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