Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claims a mandate for full four-year term with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on Sunday. Julie Noce reports.
Alexis Tsipras has stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory. The Greek leader says the wide margin of victory gives him a clear mandate to steer Greece's battered economy to recovery. SOUNDBITE: ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SYRIZA PARTY LEADER, SAYING: "Today in Europe, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity. This struggle will be continued together for a full four years, because the mandate we got is a four-year mandate." The win comes just one month after Tsipras was abandoned by party radicals who accused him of caving in to demands for austerity in order to secure a financial bailout from European leaders. The bailout program is due for a review next month. Tsipras is hoping to persuade lenders that enough of the austerity program has been implemented to ensure the next payment. He will also have to grapple with Greece's central role in Europe's refugee crisis, as the main entry point for tens of thousands of migrants. He'll meet EU colleagues at an emergency summit on the issue later this week.