Greece to hold early election in July

Wednesday, 2019-06-12 12:52:56
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss snap elections [Costas Baltas/Reuters]
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According to Reuters and the Vietnam News Agency, Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has accepted the request from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament, formally triggering a snap election that Tsipras has called for July.

Tsipras called the snap election four months before the end of his term after the main opposition conservative New Democracy beat his leftist Syriza party by 9.5 points in the European parliament elections in May.

President Pavlopoulos is expected to issue a decree ordering the new vote and dissolving parliament.
Accordingly, the parliament will be dissolved this week, and early elections will be held on July 7.

Tsipras has said this will avoid a protracted pre-election period before the end of his term in October, which could have hurt the economic progress made in recent years.