Huge Wins at Local and National Level Elections – Austerity on the Ropes

Rena Dourou - the successful SYRIZA candidate in Attica . The biggest electoral region of Greece.

Rena Dourou – the successful SYRIZA candidate in Attica . The biggest electoral region of Greece.

The 2014 Euro-elections and regional elections have confirmed a historic victory for the radical left. For the first time in Greece and for the second time in Western European history (since the 1984 victory of the Italian Communist Party in the EU elections) the Radical Left has won national level elections.

The Euro-election triumph has been noted extensively across the media. Less well understood is that this achievement was reinforced by a major triumph at the local government elections which were held simultaneously.

See below for a quick overview of key results by region.

National Level

The 2014 Euro-elections and regional elections have confirmed a historic victory for the radical left. For the first time in Greece and for the second time in Western European history (since the 1984 victory of the Italian Communist Party in the EU elections) the Radical Left has won national level elections.

Particularly outstanding and noteworthy is the SYRIZA dominance of the biggest urban centers of the country. These areas are Attica (surrounding Athens), Piraeus and Thessaloniki. In the B’ district of Athens (the most populated district) SYRIZA is in first place with 29.3% of the vote. SYRIZA has won 34 of the 56 electoral districts of Greece after (97.9% of the vote count). This remarkable achievement best captures the gigantic upheaval in Greek politics.

SYRIZA was particularly strong in Corfu (38.9%), Achaea (34.2%), Heraklion (33.7%), Arta (32.9) and Piraeus B’ district (32.4%).

Local and regional elections

The Euro-election triumph has been noted extensively across the media. Less well understood is that this achievement was reinforced by a major triumph at the local government elections which were held simultaneously.

The established parties of power (both conservative and social democrat) have been punished and abandoned by large sections of their heartland as the extent of betrayal of their constituencies becomes ever clearer.

 The biggest win of all came in the largest regional council of all where SYRIZA won the regional district of Attica with almost 4 million inhabitants, as well as the district of the Ionian Islands.

In Attica, SYRIZA, in alliance with other left wing parties and organizations, managed to win 10 Municipalities (9 of them for the first time). (The municipalities are the local level of government below the regional governments)

Poignantly and with special historical significance for the Left, traditional working class municipalities with a long history of struggle and resistance have voted SYRIZA. Most notable is Kesariani which stands as a symbol of Greek sacrifice and resistance against the Nazi occupation. Areas such as these now emerge again as social and political examples of a new unity of progressive and left-wing forces. This time fighting for a Greece without the barbarism of neoliberal policies and the memoranda of austerity. Other significant gains have been Nea Filadelphia (Aris Vasilopoulos), Vyronas ( Akis Katopodis ), Agia Paraskevi ( Yiannis Stathopoulos), Nea Ionia ( Iraklis Gkotsis), Zografou ( Tina Kafatsaki), Aegaleo ( Dimitris Birbas), Chalandri ( Simos Roussos), Perama ( Yiannis Lagoudakis), Keratsini-Drapetsona ( Christos Vretakos ).

In the large urban centers outside of Attica, SYRIZA registered important first-time wins in the cities of Larissa and Corfu, as well as Livadia, Kozani and Lefkada. Most dramatic of all, the traditionally conservative and historic city of Sparta has for the first time elected a left wing Mayor.

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