Thursday 29 September 2016

Greek government 'still targets September 20 election'

Published 23/08/2015 | 21:53

Panagiotis Lafazanis (centre) arrives for a meeting in the Greek parliament (AP)
Panagiotis Lafazanis (centre) arrives for a meeting in the Greek parliament (AP)

The Greek government is still aiming for a September 20 election date after the prime minister resigned because of a rebellion in his party over the terms of the country's new bailout deal.

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Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili told Greek state TV ERT that "as things stand now, September 20 is a feasible election date".

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday.

Opposition leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who was asked to form a government, is expected to inform Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos that he has failed.

Panayotis Lafazanis, former minister and leader of Popular Unity party, will be handed a mandate.

If he also fails, a national unity government is possible and if that does not work, Parliament will be dissolved and a caretaker administration sworn in.

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