Greece: Left-wing opposition calls for early elections after winning European vote

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s main opposition party has formally requested an early general election after winning Sunday’s vote for the European Parliament, arguing that the country’s conservative government now lacks the legitimacy to implement reforms related to international bailouts.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza party, visited Greece’s president Monday to make the request “to restore the democratic order in the country.”

Tsipras has vowed to cancel bailout agreements that rescued Greece from bankruptcy but also imposed harsh austerity measures.

With just over 99 per cent of votes voted, Syriza leads with 26.6 per cent of the vote, while centre-right coalition government leader New Democracy received 22.71 per cent.

The government, midway through its four-year term, late on Sunday ruled out calling an early election.