SYRIZA emerged as the victorious political party in the Greek elections on Sunday night with 35.5% of the Greek vote and Greece’s political party leaders reacted to the result.
New Democracy President Evangelos Meimarakis congratulated SYRIZA for their victory during Sunday. The centre-right wing party was SYRIZA’s main opposition with 28.3% of the vote.
Meimarakis called on SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to form a government of national unity and noted that the issue of New Democracy’s leadership will be addressed after the formation of a Greek government takes place.
PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata, whose PASOK- Democratic Left coalition garnered 6.5% of the vote, said her coalition will continue to seek to have a constructive dialogue and stressed that Tsipras will have to form a stable government that lasts for the full four year term.
Greek Communist Party (KKE) leader Dimitris Koutsoumpas, whose party got 5.5% in the elections, said the KKE will stand by the side of the Greek people against the next Greek government, noting that SYRIZA and ANEL will implement the harsh bailout they brought to Greece.
“Their [SYRIZA-ANEL government] policy remarks are already prepared, in reality as their goal is to implement the third bailout, on the grounds of the two other implemented bailouts, with measures that will be added each trimester, after the evaluation by the troika, the familiar quartet,” he said.
To Potami leader Stavros Theodroakis appeared disappointed with the results as his party’s share of the Greek vote declined to 4% on Sunday, from 6.1% during January’s legislative elections. Theodrakis stated, “we are not optimistic about the country’s future”.
Vassilis Leventis, President of the Centrist Union party which will sit in the Greek Parliament for the first time in its history since its founding in 1993 after gaining 3.4% of the Greek vote said he is not seeking the luxuries that come with having power but wants to see significant reforms.
“It is a victory for the country’s youth. The decency of the MPs of the Centrist Union will be exemplary and the main aspect of the following time period,” he said.
Leventis noted that the potential SYRIZA- ANEL coalition government will be a mistake and does not reflect the result of the elections. In reality, he argued, the Greek people have given a mandate for the formation of Greek government of broad national unity.
Popular Unity leader Panagiotis Lafazanis thanked the Greek citizens who voted for his party, after his anti-bailout party just missed the 3% required minimum for entry in the Greek parliament, after receiving 2.8% of the vote. He further emphasized his party’s resilience in the face of what he believes to have been a war against his party and its candidates.
“Starting tomorrow a ‘memorandum Armageddon’ awaits Greece ” he said and added “Popular Unity will not back down, it will be here in the front line,” he said.