Nationalist Independent Greeks say will join Syriza coalition

AFP , Monday 26 Jan 2015

The small nationalist Independent Greeks party will join a coalition government under anti-austerity party Syriza, its leader said Monday.

"From this moment on there is a government, we will give a vote of confidence to the new prime minister," Panos Kammenos said after meeting Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, the winner of Sunday's general election.

A Syriza source added that the two parties "will ally themselves to secure a majority in parliament and form a government."

With nearly all votes tallied, Syriza have 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, and the new government will have a majority of 162 seats with the support of the Independent Greeks.

Syriza will become the first anti-austerity party to take power in Europe and Tsipras will be Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years.

The leftist party's victory has put Greece's international bailout in doubt and there are fears that the country's place in the eurozone could be compromised.

The Athens stock exchange opened with a sharp 5.5-percent drop on Monday but later eased back to be down 1.36 percent.

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