Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday took his oath of office a day after being re-elected in a snap general election.
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Leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras, left, takes a secular oath during a swearing in ceremony as prime minister, attended by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential palace in Athens Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Syriza's victory Sunday marks a personal triumph for Tsipras, who served as prime minister between January and August — a tumultuous period that saw Greece's future in the 19-country eurozone come under real threat and strict banking controls imposed. (Costas Baltas/InTime News via AP)[/caption]
Tsipras took a civil oath "to uphold the constitution and laws" of the country, and is expected to name a coalition government by Wednesday to begin applying the terms of the tough EU bailout he signed onto in July.
After being brought down by an anti-austerity revolt in his Syriza party, Tsipras yesterday comfortably won re-election by a margin of over seven percent over the runner-up, the conservative New Democracy party.
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He will again partner up in government with the nationalist Independent Greeks party, his coalition allies in the previous government, but the two parties this time round will have a reduced parliamentary majority of 155 MPs in the 300-seat chamber to apply the reforms of the new bailout.