In the middle, the chairman of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, celebrating with people1. The Greek people has spoken. In fact, the Greek people was speaking two years now, but the “above” were not listening. Today the Greek people has sweeped away the pro-troika (IMF-EU-ECB) political forces and has provoked an earthquake that makes the whole political system trembling. Our people has sent a thunderous message to the troika. (*)

2. The path towards a different type of representation, a different political system, the path towards real democracy and a radical political transition, now gets open.

3. The people put our country on the course of a way out, leaving behind (and punishing) all those who were managing Greece during the last two years, imposing a regime of social destruction.

4. The great protagonists of this day, that is, the Greek people and the popular movement (which in great extent found expression in SYRIZA – Coalition of Radical Left) today shoulder a huge task: to turn this way out into a reality.

Athens, 7 May 2012, 19:30 hours

(*) This first comment is based on the exit polls after the closing of the voting (19:00 hours). The results will be known later. According to the exit polls, the two “big” bourgeois parties loose together more than half of the votes they obtained in 2009. From 80% of the vote that they had together in the last elections, now they total much less than 40%. The Coalition of Radical Left – SYRIZA is the big winner, obtaining the 2nd place (from 4,7% in 2009, now SYRIZA obtains, according to the exit polls, from 15% to 17% of the popular vote!).

Photo: Celebration in late evening outside the central stand of SYRIZA in Athens. In the center, the chairman of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras