ATHENS, Greece — The official projection of final results in Greece’s early election shows the left-wing Syriza party of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras winning with 35.5 percent, but falling short of enough parliamentary seats to form a government on its own.
Syriza’s rival, the conservative New Democracy party, was projected in second place with 28 percent in Sunday’s vote, while the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn was coming in third with 7.1 percent.
New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis earlier conceded defeat and called for a government to be formed quickly.
A total of eight parties appeared set to win parliamentary seats, including Syriza’s former governing coalition partner, the small nationalist Independent Greeks. The new anti-bailout Popular Unity party, formed by rebel Syriza members who objected to Tsipras’ agreement to a third bailout for Greece were projected as falling just shy of the 3 percent threshold for parliamentary seats.