Greek PM resigns and calls for snap elections
Alexis Tsipras says he is resigning amid a rebellion by hardliners within his governing left-wing party
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has submitted his resignation and that of his cabinet to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday, and asked that elections be held on the soonest possible date.
“The present parliament cannot offer a government of majority or a national unity government,” Tsipras told Pavlopoulos during a meeting on Thursday night.
Tsipras effectively lost his majority in the 300-seat Greek parliament after members of his leftist Syriza party broke ranks over a multi-billion euro bailout his government clinched with international lenders this month.
The move came after the leftist leader faced a rebellion in his governing Syriza party over austerity measures demanded in a massive new international bailout worth about 86 billion euros over three years.
Government sources cited by the official news agency ANA said earlier he had proposed elections on September 20.