- Title: GREECE-ELECTION/TSIPRAS PM OFFICE Tsipras enters PM's office for first time
- Date: 26th January 2015
- Summary: ATHENS, GREECE (JANUARY 26, 2015) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF THE PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, ARRIVING AT HIS OFFICE / WOMAN RUNNING UP AND HUGGING HIM / MORE SUPPORTERS ON STREET RUNNING UP TO HIM AND GREETING HIM VARIOUS OF TSIPRAS WALKING TOWARDS PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE /WALKING UP THE STEPS OF THE OFFICE, TURNING TO WAVE AND ENTERING ATHENS, GREECE (JANUARY 26, 2015) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) RAINING POURING OVER PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE TSIPRAS LEAVING THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE WITH UMBRELLA AND ENTERING CAR CAR LEAVING UNDER HEAVY RAIN (AUDIO OF THUNDERSTORM)
- Embargoed: 10th February 2015 12:00
- Location: Greece
- Country: Greece
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA5PPFKE3RSHDYB1G05JD9KCKBL
- Story Text: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took over the office of the prime minister on Monday (January 26) after being sworn into the post during a political ceremony.
Tsipras walked through the threshold of the prime ministers office but was not welcomed by outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who was not there to greet him, but by office officials.
Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures.
The decisive victory by Tsipras' Syriza in Sunday's (January 25) snap election reignites fears of 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 parties rejecting German-backed austerity.
Tsipras' success is likely to empower Europe's fringe parties, including other anti-austerity movements across the region's economically-depressed south.
The trouncing of the conservatives represents a defeat of Europe's middle-ground political guard, which has dallied on a growth-versus-budget discipline debate for five years while voters suffered.
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