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Greece must hold snap election, PM tells president

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Greece must hold snap election, PM tells president
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss snap elections at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Costas Baltas   -   Copyright  COSTAS BALTAS(Reuters)
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ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece should hold a snap election to avert a protracted period of political uncertainty that could hurt its economic recovery, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the country’s president on Monday.

Tsipras decided to pull general elections forward after his party suffered a heavy defeat at a European election last month. The main opposition, the conservative New Democracy party, won that vote by 9.5 points.

The government has previously said it wants to hold general elections on July 7.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou)

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