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PM Tsipras says he is resigning, calling early elections

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 1:10 PM
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Aaron Lawrence, Rusea's coach.


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is stepping down and calling early elections after suffering a rebellion within his left-wing Syriza party over the country's new bailout programme.

In a televised address to the nation last night, Tsipras defended his government's negotiating tactics and said Greece got the best deal possible for its three-year, 86 billion euro bailout from other eurozone countries.

He said that now that the country has secured its funding, he felt a "deep moral" obligation to lay his actions before the judgement of the Greek people.

Tsipras was due to formally submit his resignation to the country's president. Elections will be held within a month, with government officials saying September 20 would be the likeliest date.