Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets his supporters during the party's main pre-election rally

Greece’s Alexis Tsipras has said his left-wing Syriza party has a “clear mandate” after winning the country’s fifth election in six years. But he said Greeks faced a difficult road and recovery from financial crisis would only come through hard work.

With nearly all votes counted, Syriza had won more than 35% of the vote. That was short of a majority, but Syriza will form a coalition with the nationalist Independent Greeks. Conservative New Democracy won 28%.

The far-right Golden Dawn is set to be the third biggest party, with about 7% of the vote. The snap election was called after Syriza lost its majority in August. This followed the signing of an unpopular new financial bailout deal with international creditors.

Turnout in Sunday’s poll was just over 55%, down from 63% in January and low by Greek standards. “I feel vindicated because the Greek people have a clear mandate to carry on fighting inside and outside our country to uphold the pride of our people,” Mr. Tsipras told supporters in Athens.

“In Europe today, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity, and this struggle will be continued together for another four years. (BBC)