Greece’s Tsipras resumes post as prime minister

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:39 GMT, Sep 22, 2015 |

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as the country’s prime minister on Monday (September 21) after sweeping to victory for a second term in parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Tsipras took a civil oath of allegiance to the Greek constitution, in a break from common practice which is normally in the presence of religious leaders.

After the swearing in ceremony, Tsipras walked the short distance to the Prime Minister’s office for the official handover with the interim premier, Vassiliki Thanou.

“I am returning after a few days, almost a month, to the prime minister’s office with the memory of a difficult period behind me, of tough negotiations, and the battles fought right here in this room, but also bringing with me optimism and the faith that when, at some point, I will leave this office again, these memories will be forgotten and replaced by better, more constructive ones,” Tsipras said

The big victory makes it easier for Tsipras to reinstate trusted members of the cabinet that served during the often turbulent seven-month coalition he formed after his first election win in January. It will govern with the same junior party it teamed up with in January, the once stridently anti-bailout right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL), which won 10 seats.