Alexis Tsipras. Source: Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Alexis Tsipras congratulating him on the victory of his party Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) in the elections to the Greek parliament, the Kremlin press service reported on Sept.21.
"In his congratulation, the Russian president expressed his hope of continuing constructive dialogue and active cooperation to further strengthen mutually profitable Russian-Greek cooperation in various areas, including trade and economics, energy and the humanitarian sphere," the Kremlin said.
According to earlier reports, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos will officially order Alexis Tsipras to form the country's new government today. According to EFE, Tsipras will be sworn into office on Sept.21 evening. The new government of Greece will be sworn into office on Tuesday. It has not been reported yet who will comprise it.
Extraordinary parliamentary elections were held in Greece on Sunday. The Syriza party, led by Tsipras, led with 35.47 percent of the vote after 99.44 percent of the ballots were processed. It guarantees it 145 seats in the Greek parliament, which has a total of 300 members.
The opposition right-wing party New Democracy gets only 28.09 percent (75 seats) and is followed by the nationalist Golden Dawn party with 6.99 percent of the vote (18 mandates).
The Independent Greeks, Tsipras' partners in the coalition, get 3.69 percent of the vote and 10 seats.
The head of Syriza and Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks party, have confirmed the two parties' intention to form a coalition again.
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