Tsipras fights for second chance in knife-edge Greek vote

Polls in Greece are due to open in a cliffhanger vote pitting the radical left Syriza party against the conservative New Democracy blocGreece’s maverick leader Alexis Tsipras fights Sunday for a second chance to govern the struggling eurozone nation in a tense race with rival conservatives that is proving too tight to call. Polls open at 0400 GMT in the cliffhanger vote pitting his radical left Syriza party against the conservative New Democracy bloc headed by tough-talking ex-lawyer and defence minister Vangelis Meimarakis, who has wiped out the gap between right and left during the election campaign. Tsipras, a charismatic former student leader, was elected in January with 36.34 percent of the vote, becoming Greece’s youngest prime minister in 150 years and a beacon for anti-austerity campaigners across the European Union.

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