Pro-bailout party declares victory

THE pro-bailout New Democracy party has come in first in the Greek election, and its leader has proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government.

In claiming victory, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said "the Greek people today voted for Greece to remain on its European path and in the eurozone".

He said voters chose "policies that will bring jobs, growth, justice and security".

His party beat the anti-bailout Syriza party, which wanted to cancel Greece's international bailouts.

Syriza chief Alexis Tsipras, a 37-year-old former communist who has shot from obscurity to global celebrity in a matter of weeks, has conceded defeat in the election.


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