Anti-austerity Syriza wins Greek election: Exit polls

AFP , Sunday 25 Jan 2015

Supporters of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras cheer at his campaign headquarters in Athens, January 25, 2015. (Photo:Reuters)

Radical leftwing party Syriza won Greece's general election on Sunday in a victory that could impact the course of austerity in Europe, exit polls showed.

Syriza took between 35.5 percent and 39.5 percent of the vote, according to the polls, compared to between 23 percent and 27 percent for the conservative New Democracy party.

If the result is confirmed, Syriza's 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras could become Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years.

"This appears to be a historic victory, a message that does not only concern the Greek people," Syriza party spokesman Panos Skourletis said.

"It resounds all over Europe and brings relief," he said on Mega channel.

Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and pro-European party To Potami are in a neck-and-neck race for third place with between 6.4 percent and 8.0 percent apiece, the polls showed.

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