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Putin Congratulates Syriza Leader on Victory in Parliamentary Elections

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Moscow is ready for cooperation with new Greek government, Russian president said.

MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Syriza party on victory in parliamentary elections, the Kremlin’s press service said on Monday.

"The Russian head of state expressed confidence that Russia and Greece will continue to develop their traditionally constructive cooperation in all areas [and] work efficiently in resolving urgent European and global problems," the Kremlin said.

Putin wished Tsipras success in public service amid uneasy economic conditions for Greece.

Syriza, or Radical Coalition of the Left, is leading with 36.34 percent of votes and is expected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority.

ANEL is a distant sixth, with 4.75 percent of votes, and is anticipated to win 13 seats, which is enough to build a majority coalition in parliament together with the victorious Syriza and leave the ruling New Democracy party far behind. The democrats are currently second with 27.81 percent of the ballot and 76 seats.

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