Ruling New Democracy Party Wins Greek Parliamentary Elections

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Greece's ruling New Democracy party, headed by conservative prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has won the parliamentary elections.

With almost all the votes counted, the centre-right party won 41 percent of the vote, but they are still five seats short of a majority.

Under the new proportional representation system, a party needs to win around 45 percent of the votes to rule on their own.

Mitsotakis described the surprise win, amidst the spiralling cost-of-living, a wiretapping scandal and the controversy over the goverment's handling of the deadly train crash, as a "political earthquake."

Speaking at a victory speech, Mitsotakis indicated that he does not prefer a coaliution government.

"The people wanted the choice of a Greece run by a majority government and by New Democracy without the help of others," he told the supporters.

The opposition centre-left Syriza party, led by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, could win only 20 percent of the votes.

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