26 Jan 2015

In pictures: anti-austerity Syriza wins Greek election

Syriza party has promised to take on international lenders and roll back austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.

The head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to supporters after winning the elections in Athens.

Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, “humiliation and suffering” imposed by international creditors were over.

Syriza struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a landslide election victory.

The Independent Greeks, a right-wing party with a hardline stance against illegal immigration, disagrees with Syriza on many social issues which could create tensions but it shares its opposition to the international bailout.

The success of the anti-bailout party reignites fears of a new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by a party rejecting German-backed austerity, emboldening anti-austerity movements elsewhere.

Outgoing Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is seen after a news conference following an updated exit poll in Athens yesterday.

Syriza’s demands for a debt restructuring have raised the prospect of a stand-off between Athens and other European leaders that might lead to “Grexit”

A member of Germany’s left-wing Die Linke party shows his support for Syriza in Athens.

Founded in 2007 the party has grown to become the fourth largest in Germany.