Athens, Jul 8 : Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis comfortably won Greece's parliamentary elections, delivering a stinging blow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after a tumultuous four years in office as the country struggled through a crippling financial crisis.
With more than 90 percent of votes counted, Mitsotakis' New Democracy party had 39.8 percent of the votes, compared to 31.5 per cent for Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party. The extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, founded by neo-Nazi supporters, narrowly failed to make the 3% threshold needed to enter parliament — a huge fall of support for a party that had become the third-largest in the Greek legislature during the country's financial crisis.
The results indicated Greek voters bucked a recent trend in Europe of citizens rejecting the political mainstream and turning to populist and eurosceptic parties, fox news said in a report.
"I asked for a strong mandate to change Greece. You offered it generously," Mitsotakis said in his victory speech. "From today, a difficult but beautiful fight begins." he added. UNI