Election

Greece’s left-wing leader concedes election

New Democracy on course for majority

Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Alexis Tsipras
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Greece’s left-wing leader concedes election, New Democracy on course for majority, Conservatives defeat Tsipras, exit polls, results. Centre-right New Democracy party is projected to win the parliamentary election with about 40 percent of the vote. Greece’s ruling Syriza party looked set to suffer a landslide defeat in elections on Sunday, bringing an end to the government of Alexis Tsipras.

The Syriza prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, called Mitsotakis to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the general election on Sunday, an official of Mitsotakis’s party said.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has conceded his country’s parliamentary election and said he phoned conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis to congratulate him on his victory.

Greece's interior ministry forecasts 39.7% of the vote for New Democracy, and 31.5% for Syriza. So far about 45% districts have returned their results, so the numbers may still change.

If these results are confirmed, Mitsotakis, a 51-year-old Harvard graduate and scion of one of Greece's top political families, will have a majority of up to 167 legislators while Tsipras's party may win up to 82 seats, the polls said.

Mr Tsipras was able to point to the shoots of economic recovery as evidence the austerity measures he reluctantly agreed to were working. Overall unemployment has fallen from 28 per cent in 2013 to 18 per cent this year, while youth unemployment has dropped from more than 50 per cent to around 40 per cent.

Casting his vote in the working-class district of Peristeri, Mitsotakis expressed optimism. “Today all Greeks take the fortunes of the country in their hands, and I am sure that tomorrow a better day will dawn for all,” he said, smiling broadly.

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