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Alexis Tsipras sworn in as PM of Greece

Jan 27, 2015 18:35 IST

Alexis Tsipras on 26 January 2015 was sworn in as the Prime Minister (PM) of Greece by President Karolos Papoulias at Maximos Mansion, the PM’s official residence and office. He is the head of Greece's far-left SYRIZA party.

He was sworin-in as Prime Minister after his SYRIZA party won 149 seats out of 300 parliamentary seats in the General Elections held in Greece on 25 January 2015. He fought the elections with campaign Hope is Coming.

He became the first prime minister in Greek history to be sworn in without the traditional oath on a Bible and blessing of basil and water from the Greek Archbishop. He became first to take a civil rather than a religious oath of office.

He also became the youngest Prime Minister of Greece since 1865.

It is for the first time in more than 40 years that neither the New Democracy party nor the center-left PASOK will be in power. The two forces had dominated Greek politics since the fall of military junta in 1974.

Born in 1974 in Athens, he joined the Young Communists in the 1980s, and in 1991 organised a highly publicised occupation of his high school, during which students slept and ate together.

He took over leadership of the SYRIZA party in 2008 at the age of 34. The party is an amalgam of left wing groups, ranging from Maoists to Greens, who came together in 2004.

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Who: Alexis Tsipras

Where: Greece

What: Sworn in as Prime Minister

When: 26 January 2015

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