21:02 GMT05 July 2020
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    Tsipras is expected to submit his resignation to be able to take part in the election in September.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to submit his resignation to the country's president on Thursday to be able to take part in the snap parliamentary election on September 20, local media report.

    Earlier on Thursday a source in the Greek government told Sputnik the decision to hold an early election was taken after more than 35 legislators voted against the third international bailout package.

    Tsipras is holding a meeting with leaders of political parties, Sputnik correspondent reports. He will meet the president after an address to the nation.

    Panagiotis Lafazanis, a prominent member of Tsipras's Syriza party reportedly plans to establish a separate party, Left Platform, with the current parliament speaker Zoi Konstantopoulou.


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