Official Projection: Syriza Wins Greek Vote With 35.5 pct

New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis earlier conceded defeat and called for a government to be formed quickly.

Published: 20th September 2015 11:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2015 11:56 PM   |  A+A-

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Leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives at the headquarters of his party in Athens, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Tsipras appeared poised for victory in Greece’s early election Su


ATHENS, Greece: The official projection of final results in Greece's early election shows the left-wing Syriza party of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras winning with 35.5 percent, but falling short of enough parliamentary seats to form a government on its own.

Syriza's rival, the conservative New Democracy party, was projected in second place with 28 percent in Sunday's vote, while the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn was coming in third with 7.1 percent.

New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis earlier conceded defeat and called for a government to be formed quickly.

A total of eight parties appeared set to win parliamentary seats, including Syriza's former governing coalition partner, the small nationalist Independent Greeks. The new anti-bailout Popular Unity party, formed by rebel Syriza members who objected to Tsipras' agreement to a third bailout for Greece were projected as falling just shy of the 3 percent threshold for parliamentary seats.

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