ATHEN, Greece – Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won parliamentary elections in Greece on Sunday, giving a major blow to left-leaning Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after four tumultuous years in the fight against the financial crisis.  With more than 90% of the vote, Mitsotakis & # 39; New Democracy Party had 39.8% of the votes, compared to 31.5% for Tsipras & # 39; left Syriza party.
The far-right Golden Dawn Party founded by neo-Nazi supporters barely managed to reach the 3% threshold required for entry into parliament – a massive decline in support for a party leading to the party had become third largest in Greek legislation during the country's financial crisis.
The results showed that Greek voters disagreed with a recent trend in Europe where citizens rejected the political mainstream and turned to populist and Eurosceptic parties.
"I asked for a strong voice They offered it generously," Mitsotakis said in his victory speech. "Starting today starts a difficult but nice fight."
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Mitsotakis. 51, who has vowed to fulfill his election promises to lower taxes, attract investment and improve the labor market. He was three years ahead in opinion polls and was able to build up a considerable lead.
"The Greeks deserve it and it is time to prove it," he said.
Mitsotakis to be formally sworn in. He was expected to announce his cabinet as Prime Minister on Monday.
Tsipras acknowledged the defeat and called Mitsotakis to congratulate him.
"Citizens have made their choice and we respect the referendum fully," Tsipras said in a speech from the center of Athens.
His party will now campaign for the protection of labor rights Greeks as a "responsible but dynamic opposition" to the government.
Tsipras hoped that the return of the New Democracy to the government "will not lead to revenge … in particular, not to the significant successes in protecting the social majority and the workers." 19659006] The election was the first since Greece emerged from three international bailouts dependent on successive governments implementing stringent austerity measures, including substantial tax hikes and spending cuts. Unemployment and poverty shot up in the financial crisis and the economy shrank by a quarter.
Mitsotakis, son of a former prime minister, brother of a former foreign minister and uncle of a newly elected mayor of Athens, fought during the election campaign to lose the image of family privilege.
He promised to make Greece more pro-business, attract foreign investment, modernize the country's notorious bureaucracy, and cut taxes.
Tsipras, 44, called the elections three months in advance on schedule after Syriza suffered a severe defeat in the European Union and local elections in May and early June.
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He had led his small coalition of the Radical Left or Syriza, which is in power in 2015 and promises austerity measures for Greece's first two bailouts repealed. However, after months of tough negotiations with international creditors, almost breaking Greece from the common currency of the European Union, he was forced to sign a third bailout package that saw spending cutbacks and tax hikes.
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He also cemented a treaty with neighboring northern Macedonia, under which this country changed its name from simply "Macedonia". Although praised by western allies, the agreement angered many Greeks considering their neighbor's use of the term to pursue expansionist goals for the Greek province of the same name.