EnetEnglish.gr, 09:39 Monday 15 July 2013
Tsipras elected leader of unitary Syriza
Pledges party will stop 'social destruction' and 'rebuild Greece'
Alexis Tsipras is elected president of a united Syriza with the votes of three-quarters of the 3,400 delegates to the conference
The transformation of Syriza from 14 different parties into one, unitary organisation is a "major step and a historic milestone for the left and democracy" in Greece, its leader told its founding congress on Sunday.
Alexis Tsipras was speaking after his election – with the votes of three-quarters of the 3,400 delegates to the conference – as the party president.
"We have taken the historic step. From tomorrow, our new party, men and women together, more united and stronger than ever, embark on a great and victorious course: To stop the social destruction and to rebuild Greece," said Tsipras, who led Syriza as a coalition since 2009.
Syriza has been the main opposition party in parliament since the June 2012 election.
Of the 3,430 delegates to the congress, 3,412 participated in the election, with 3,344 votes deemed valid.
Over a fifth of the votes were either blank (688) or spoiled (68).
Tsipras received 2,477 votes (74%) in total, giving him a clear lead over rival candidates Sissy Vovou (4.7%), who is involved in the party's womens' network, and Panos Iliopoulos (0.7%), who is involved in the Active Citizens group led by Manolis Glezos.