The leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party poised to win Greece’s parliamentary election on Sunday, said Europe must find an alternative to austerity. Duration: 00:34
Europe's future cannot be based on austerity: Greece's Tsipras
Europe’s future cannot be based on austerity: Greece’s Tsipras
ATTENTION – ADDS quotes from Tsipras, PM Samaras ///
ATHENS, Jan 25, 2015 (AFP) – The leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party poised to win Greece’s parliamentary election on Sunday said Europe must find an alternative to austerity.
“Our common future in Europe is not the future of austerity, it is the future of democracy, solidarity and cooperation,” Alexis Tsipras told reporters after casting his vote in Athens surrounded by a media scrum.
He said under a Syriza government, “Greek people will regain social cohesion and dignity”.
Syriza, which went into voting with a lead of at least four points over the outgoing party of government New Democracy, have pledged to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) bailout deal with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said as he voted in his home town of Pylos in the Peloponnese region that Greeks would be taking a huge risk by turning to Syriza.
“Today we decide if are going forward or if we are going towards the unknown,” he said.
“I am optimistic because I believe that nobody will put in danger the European course of our country.”
Samaras said he took hope from polls showing that many voters remained undecided on the eve of election day.
Polling stations close at 1700 GMT and the results from exit polls will follow immediately afterwards.