Democracy Now: Leftist Greek Parties Attempt to Form Anti-Austerity Government


Greece remains in a state of political turmoil after the winner of Sunday’s election, the right-wing New Democracy Party, failed to secure enough backing to form a coalition government. Now the party known as the Syriza, or the Coalition of the Radical Left, will attempt to form the first leftist government in Greece’s modern history. The party campaigned against the austerity measures and structural reforms demanded of Greece in exchange for the international bailout. Thirty-seven-year-old Alexis Tsipras heads the Coalition of the Radical Left.

Alexis Tsipras: “We fully understand the difficulties the country is facing, but at the same time this decision, taken by the people, creates possibilities for a radically different course.”

If no party has enough support to form a coalition government, another round of elections could be held next month.

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~ by wheresthemic on May 8, 2012.

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