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Alexis Tsipras was sworn in Monday as Greek prime minister at the helm of an anti-austerity coalition after an election win that has sent shockwaves through Europe. Syriza took 149 out of the 300 seats in parliament, becoming the first party to take power in Europe that openly rejects spending cuts and austerity measures. Having fallen two seats short of an absolute majority, Syriza quickly forged a coalition with the small right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party. Syriza mocked claims by former prime minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party that the country would grind to a halt if it elected the radical left-wing party.