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Pro-euro party wins Greek election
 
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras seems to want no part in a Greek unity government, all but ensuring new parliamentary elections that his leftist party is poised to clean up in.
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras seems to want no part in a Greek unity government, all but ensuring new parliamentary elections that his leftist party is poised to clean up in.
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Greece's New Democracy party narrowly won the country's closely watched parliamentary elections on Sunday, taking 30 percent of the vote, for 129 seats in the 300-seat parliament, to 27 percent (71 seats) for the anti–European bailout Syriza party. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said he would work quickly to build a pro-euro "national salvation government," while Syriza head Alexis Tsipras (pictured) said his party would opt out of any ruling coalition to remain a strong anti-austerity voice in parliament. Elsewhere, in France, the anti-austerity Socialists of new President François Holland won a majority of about 291 seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

 

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