Syriza win 'ground for hope' Athens will move on reforms: Euro Commissioner

21st September 2015, Comments 0 comments

The EU's Commissioner for the Euro said Monday that the outcome of Greece's elections "gives us ground for hope" that the debt-wracked country would press on with reforms agreed under a massive rescue programme.

"We believe that it's important that the new government is swiftly formed and that the new government is committed to the programme and that it will continue with the reforms," Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters.

He added that the fact that parties that had voted for the rescue looked set to dominate Greece's parliament "gives us ground for hope that" the bailout programme will be implemented.

A mutiny within the ranks of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' radical Syriza party over a U-turn on tough tax hikes and pensions reforms had forced the Greek leader to call Sunday's election.

But Tsipras has managed to secure a clear victory, giving him a mandate to drive through the controversial reforms agreed under the 86-billion-euro international rescue.

"Indeed it was the coalition government of Syriza that signed the (bailout plan).

"From that point of view, we expect the new parliament, especially since it's comprised essentially of the same parties, to stick with those commitments to which it has signed," added Dombrovskis.

© 2015 AFP

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