Alexis Tsipras is back as Greece’s prime minister—just months after his Syriza party lost its majority in parliament after he secured a controversial bailout from his country’s creditors.
In election results announced Sunday, the far-left Syriza won more than 35 percent of the vote—short of a majority. It will rule in a coalition with the Independent Greeks, a nationalist party that won 3.6 percent. The opposition New Democracy, a conservative party, gained 28 percent and the far-right Golden Dawn was third with 7 percent.
The results are a dramatic turnaround for Tsipras, who was first elected in January by campaigning against the austerity measures imposed on Greece by its creditors. He was vilified across Europe for taking Greece to the brink of an exit from the euro zone, the group of European countries that uses the common currency, and then criticized at home for securing a deal with Greece’s creditors in the EU, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund—a deal that caused a rift in his own party.
“I feel vindicated because the Greek people have a clear mandate to carry on fighting inside and outside our country to uphold the pride of our people,” Tsipras told supporters in Athens.