The 64-year-old civil engineer was elected with 181 votes in the 300-member strong parliament with the support of the left-wing radical SYRIZA
, the junior party in the current ruling coalition, the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, as well as opposition parties.
With nearly all the ballots counted, SYRIZA
clinched more than 35 per
Although not being eurosceptic and supporting Greece's participation in the eurozone, SYRIZA
opposes Greece's copious bailout plans that have involved ravaging austerity measures.
Papandreou expressed his fears that SYRIZA
's program may end up fueling the nationalist and xenophobic climate in Europe, but noted that he would consider an alliance, provided SYRIZA
Although not being eurosceptic and supporting Greece's participation in the eurozone, leading SYRIZA
oppose Greece's copious bailout plans that have involved ravaging austerity measures.
In his Monday evening speech in Giannena, PM and party leader Antonis Samaras called SYRIZA
" an accident that will not happen " and stressed that a vote for the opposition is a wasted vote.
made a spectacular showing at May 6 general elections in Greece, coming second with 52 seats in the 300-seat Hellenic Parliament.
However, following lengthy negotiations with Greece's international creditors under the specter of a disorderly default, the SYRIZA
government signed a new bailout this summer that includes a new round of painful measures.
Koutsoumpas argued that " however much they try to hide behind the misleading binary polarization, New Democracy and SYRIZA
will extend the bailouts with their policy " and urged " employees, the unemployed and everyone who participated n the struggles to block the measures so that people can catch their breath " to support the Communist Party.
Living on 30 percent reduced income on average due to austerity and recession, with development still not in sight, more disappointed Greeks support the anti-bailout SYRIZA
party which ranked second in last year's general elections.
New Democracy has shown that it has the ability to govern, compared to the seven-month governing incompetence of SYRIZA
," he said.
is now running neck and neck with the pro-bailout conservative New Democracy party of Antonis Samaras, 61, in a race that may decide whether Greece stays in the euro.