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Greek PM to propose early vote on July, says govt. spokesman

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants a snap poll to take place in early July to avoid disrupting university entrance examinations, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Tsipras is a Greek politician and a socialist, also serving as Prime Minister of Greece since 2015.

He has been leader of the Greek political party Syriza since 2009, and is the fourth prime minister, who has governed in the course of the 2010s Greek government-debt crisis.

The prime minister called the early vote after his leftist Syriza party suffered a heavy defeat to the opposition conservative New Democracy party in Sunday’s election for the European Parliament.

There has been speculation the election could take place as early as June 30.

The official date will be announced after Tsipras meets the president coming week.

“We don’t want nationwide examinations which wrap up on July 2 to be disrupted in any way,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told Alpha TV station.

According to Tzanakopoulos, for that reason, the prime minister talked to the education minister and they have agreed that the most appropriate right now is to have the election on July 7.


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