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Alexis Tsipras, Syriza

(Leftist, anti-bailout)
Percentage of vote gained in May: 17 %
Number of seats gained in May: 52

The head of the Radical Coalition of the Left (Syriza) is Alexis Tsipras, 37, the country's youngest political leader. Syriza has become Greece's second-largest party following its dramatic success in the parliamentary election on May 6. It campaigned against the recovery blueprint for Greece drawn up by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Tsipras — nicknamed Sexy Alexi by the Greek press — has promised to freeze payments to creditors and renegotiate measures included in Greece's latest rescue package. However if Greece renounces the bailout, EU leaders say they will pull the plug on funding, leading to rapid bankruptcy and an exit from the single currency.

In the latest opinion poll Alexis Tsipras was the public’s first choice when they were asked who was best suited to become prime minister, with 24 percent versus 19 percent who preferred New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras.

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