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Greek PM quits and calls snap election

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Journalists watch the televised address to nation of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on August 20

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on August 20 that he resigned from office and called for a snap parliamentary election.

Tsipras, who was only elected to parliament in January, said he had a moral duty to go to the polls now a third bailout had been secured with European lenders, the Greek PM said on a televised address.

The election could take place on September 20.

Tsipras will lead his leftist Syriza party into the polls, but he has faced a rebellion by some members angry at the bailout’s austerity measures as had to agree to painful state sector cuts, including far-reaching pension reforms, in exchange for the bailout – and keeping Greece in the eurozone, BBC reports.

Greece received the first €13bn part of the bailout on August 20 after the programmed was approved by relevant European parliaments.

The total bailout programme is worth about €86bn over three years.

«The political mandate of the 25 January elections has exhausted its limits and now the Greek people have to have their say. (..) I want to be honest with you. We did not achieve the agreement we expected before the January elections,» Tsipras stated.

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