Athens (AFP) - 22:29 GMT - Victory dancing - People in the Tsipras family's home village of Athamanio in the Epirus region of northwest Greece broke into dancing as the first results were declared showing Syriza well in the lead, according to pictures broadcast on Mega television.
Anti-austerity party Syriza won a historic victory in Greece's election Sunday, partial results showed, setting up a confrontation with the EU over its plans to renegotiate the country's massive bailout. The left-wing party took over 36 percent of the vote compared to 28 percent for the conservative New Democracy party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with more than half of ballots counted. Syriza are almost certain to become the first anti-austerity party in power in Europe and its leader Alexis Tsipras, 40, would be Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years. He vowed to renegotiate the terms of Greece's 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) bailout with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.