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Tsipras to form coalition after election victory

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 00:21

Panos Kammenos, leader of the small Independent Greeks party, arrives at the Syriza headquarters in Athens to start coalition talks with Alexis Tsipras after Syriza's big victory. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Panos Kammenos, leader of the small Independent Greeks party, arrived at the Syriza headquarters in Athens on Monday morning (January 26) to begin coalition talks with Alexis Tsipras. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament in Sunday's (January 25) election, two short of an absolute majority, but the result marked a comprehensive rejection of the years of austerity austerity demanded by the European Union and International Monetary Fund in return for the 240 billion-euro bailout. Tsipras started talks with Kammenos and also expects to talk to the heads of two other parties, the centrist To Potami and the communist KKE, a sign he may look for their support even if they do not join a formal coalition. The success of the anti-bailout party reignites fears of a new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by a party rejecting German-backed austerity, emboldening anti-austerity movements elsewhere.

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Tsipras to form coalition after election victory

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 00:21