Tsipras waves to members of the media as he arrives at Maximos Mansion, Greek prime minister’s official residence in Athens. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in Monday as the prime minister of a new hard-line, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures.It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation eurozone will be led by parties rejecting German-backed austerity.In a symbolic move, his first action as prime minister was to commemorate Greek resistance fighters with red roses at a memorial in Athens to those executed by Nazis.Defying predictions that he would turn from populist to pragmatist after taking power, Tsipras quickly sealed a coalition deal with the small Independent Greeks party which also opposes Greece's EU/IMF aid program. Stavros Theodorakis, leader of To Potami, a new centrist party once seen as a potential Syriza coalition partner, said he could not join a government that included the Independent Greeks.
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