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Summary

  1. Anti-austerity party Syriza is heading for clear victory in Greece's general election, an official projection shows
  2. Leader Alexis Tsipras says his new government will negotiate a viable financial solution but existing international bailout conditions are over
  3. Outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras concedes victory
  4. Syriza may fall just short of 151 seats needed for an outright majority
  5. Far-right Golden Dawn and centrist The River are set for joint third place - smaller parties will determine if Syriza can govern outright
  6. All times GMT

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By Paul Kirby, Patrick Jackson, Kerry Alexandra and Mohamed Madi

All times stated are UK

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And that concludes our live coverage of a historic night in Greece - the first electoral victory for an anti-austerity party in the eurozone since the start of the crisis in 2008. Follow our

news story for further updates.

Syriza supporters in Athens, 25 January
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Sarah Wollaston

Conservative MP for Totnes

tweets: Greeks may feel better off by ending austerity & #Grexit but who will lend them the money to pay for their big state & early retirements?

And: Trouble ahead for #Syriza promising that the State can keep spending at fantasy levels...with what? Default, devalue & #Grexit also painful

With 80% of the vote counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats in parliament - two short of a majority.

Podemos, Spain's rising anti-austerity party and an ally of Syriza, has

tweeted (in Spanish) to say: "The Greeks are finally going to have a Greek government and not an envoy of Angela Merkel."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has

tweeted to say the Greek election will "increase economic uncertainty across Europe". "That's why the UK must stick to our plan, delivering security at home," he added. The Conservative leader is fighting a general election himself in May.

Nick Barnets, journalist

tweets: #NewDemocracy closed. Not a soul left here at their election pavilion in #Syntagma. #Athens #Greece

Analysts say the eurozone is set for a new bout of volatility, according to AFP.

"A period of uncertainty and heightened market nervousness now seems likely," says Jonathan Loynes of Capital Economics. Unicredit chief economist Erik Nielsen said Greece was in for a "volatile month". While a deal on its debt was still possible, he added, the viability of an anti-austerity government was less certain.

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Jerry Siokos in Athens emails: The time of the Left to govern has come. It will be tested fiercely. I don't believe there are plenty of possibilities for any government to change the current situation, therefore I don't feel full of hope. This crisis, in the European South, has mostly affected the youth, and that is why Europe's future is uncertain.

Russell Brand, British comedian and campaigner

tweets: I would vote for Syriza. This is exciting.

Kathimerini, Greek newspaper

tweets: [Greek] President Karolos Papoulias calls Tsipras to congratulate him on victory

With 74% of the vote counted, Syriza has won 36%, followed by New Democracy with 28.1%, the far-right Golden Dawn with 6.3% and The River with 5.9 6%.

The other three parties projected to pass the 3% hurdle to get into parliament are the Greek Communist Party (5.4%), Pasok (4.7%) and Independent Greeks (4.7%).

You can follow the returns

live on the Greek interior ministry's website.

If you are just joining us, Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza has won the general election and is set to win 149-151 seats in the 300-seat parliament.

Alexis Tsipras
AFP

It is so far unclear if the party will have an outright majority but leader Alexis Tsipras has praised the vote as an end to the "vicious circle of austerity". Your mandate cancels the international bailouts, he told supporters, but he added that his government would be ready to negotiate a fair, "mutually beneficial solution".

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Iraklis Diakos emails: ...Tsipras's party has a difficult road ahead. He has to deal not only with corruption, injustice and poor performance of services in the public sector but also with a widening national deficit and tough creditors with harsh demands.

I just hope for the best for the people of this nation since the measures taken by New Dawn have led to widening the gap between the rich and the poor with unfair and extreme measures for the middle and lower class which led to thrashing the middle class to the grounds.

Belgium's finance minister sees some room to discuss the "modalities" of the Greek debt programme with the other eurozone nations, AP news agency reports.

Johan Van Overtveldt told a Belgian TV channel: "We can talk modalities, we can talk debt restructuring, but the cornerstone that Greece must respect the rules of monetary union, that must stay as it is."

He added: "It is impossible to fundamentally change things."

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Yannis emails: I am a 27 year old software engineer from Greece. I am not scared by the election's result but neither do I feel hope. Nothing will change. Greece will just lose six months of reforms. Just like last time a new government will come into power but they won't have any money to spend, so they'll be forced into giving in to EU demands. Mind you I do believe the austerity program is wrong and doesn't make any economic or political sense.

Piers Scholfield, BBC News Athens

tweets: Thousands came from across Europe tonight to express solidarity with Syriza

picture of European Syriza supporters
BBC

Hugh Laurie, British actor

tweets: Bravo Syriza! Must feel like they've just won a giant edition of Storage Wars, but let's hope those boxes are full of good stuff. Good luck! [in Greek]

Macropolis, news service, Athens

tweets: Potami [The River, centrist party] leader Theodorakis says slim majority not enough for Syriza, makes it clear he is ready to discuss cooperation

Mehran Khalili, Athens

tweets: "Greek leftists' victory throws down challenge to euro establishment" MT @FT Front page of tomorrow's Financial Times

FT front page
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Alex Massavetas in Athens emails: There is just one issue and that is economics. Society is quite polarised at the moment. This will be the most difficult elections we have ever had - at least for the last decade. A huge crisis has been ongoing for years and we have been dealing with things we never had to deal with before. There is mass unemployment. I am not sure what to predict., but I am not very optimistic.

Marcus Walker, European economics editor, Wall Street Journal

tweets: Who the Greeks ostracized today: Samaras, Venizelos, Papandreou, Merkel, Schaeuble, troika. But some will be back.

Outgoing Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accepting defeat earlier this evening.

Outgoing Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, 25 January
Reuters

Asteris Masouras

tweets: Cool version of "Rock the Casbah" after Tsipras' speech. Music selections triumphant but cool, no Bella Ciao or punk anthems here.

Chris Morris, BBC Europe correspondent

I wonder if he yet realises what he's done? Pretty historic stuff

Alexis Tsipras
BBC

Alex Andreou

tweets: #Tsipras is spot on. EU will only return to prosperity if it acts as a positive partnership of equals. Not toddlers at a playground.

Chris Morris, BBC Europe correspondent

tweets: Tsipras wants to assure everyone that he will negotiate. Question is - what will others be prepared to offer him?

Crowd listening to Tsipras - photo by BBC's Piers Scholfield.

Crowd for Tsipras speech in Athens, 25 January
BBC

Tsipras: "You gave this struggle with passion, you gave hope to our people, you defeated fear and you brought a smile to every Greek man and woman. We will struggle with the same passion. Let us raise the sun over Greece. Let us raise the sun of democracy and dignity."

Tsipras: "Our victory is of all the peoples of Europe who are struggling. I would like to assure you the new Greek government will be ready to co-operate and negotiate with our friends, with a just and useful solution so that Greece will return Europe to development and social stability and values like democracy and solidarity.

"In this sincere dialogue, Greece will come with its own proposals, its own national plan of reforms and radical changes with a four-year plan, without shortages, without unrealistic proposals about our debt.

"The new Greek government will prove the Cassandras wrong. No mutual conflict but no continuation of our submission in front of us. We have a great opportunity for a new beginning a new Europe."

Tsipras speaking now - photo by BBC's Piers Scholfield.

Tsipras speaking in Athens, 25 January
BBC

Asteris Masouras, journalist

tweets: #Tsipras victory speech so far mostly unimpressive, phrases familiar from dozens of speeches in past. Let's hope practice won't be.

Tsipras: "We shall fight all together in order to rebuild our country on new foundations of justice. Because today, friends, citizens of Athens, I address every Greek man and woman. There are no victors or vanquished. Today we defeated the oligarchy. If someone won today, it is Greece, in order to create a new future with dignity."

Tsipras: "Today is a festival. Today we start with hard work... The troika [of international creditors] is over for Greece."

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Eyaggelos Lazaridis in Greece emails: I live in Greece I am 41 years old, married with two children. I didn't vote Syriza. I don't believe what they say. In my opinion the next three months will be very difficult. God help us.

Tsipras: "Today the Greek people wrote history. Hope wrote history. The Greek people gave a powerful mandate. Greece is changing the page. Greece leaves behind the poverty of catastrophe, leaves behind five years of suffering."

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is taking the stage now in Athens, waving to the crowds under their multi-coloured banners.

The Independent Greeks, a centre-right anti-bailout party led by Panos Kammenos (pictured below, earlier this week), are projected to enter parliament with 4.7% of the vote. The party shares little ideological ground with Syriza but some analysts say its anti-austerity orientation could lead to a deal.

Panos Kammenos in Athens, 21 January
AP

More than half the votes have been counted. Anti-austerity Syriza has polled 35,89%, conservative New Democracy 28.32%, far-right Golden Dawn 6.37%, centrist The River 5.85%, communist 5.42%, socialist Pasok 4.8% and centre-right Independent Greeks 4.68%.

Omaira Gill, Athens-based journalist

tweets: Here in Athens it feels like we're at the epicentre of an earthquake. Either the landscape will shift or everything will tumble

Macropolis analysis website

tweets: Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos makes no mention of coalition in his speech but suggests he's open to cooperation