ATHENS - The leader of Greece's ultra-right Golden Dawn party savored unexpected success in Sunday's election by taunting journalists and defiantly appearing on camera alongside a party official who went on the run for assaulting a leftist rival.

Hundreds of cheering supporters thronged the party's headquarters in Athens and officials threw ballot papers as confetti from windows after the group defied predictions to once again emerge as among the winners of the night.

"Today's vote proves that the nationalist movement is here to stay," leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos said in a televised message. "Golden Dawn represents the Greece of the future."

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