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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) is greeted by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidental palace in Athens on August 20, 2015

    Greek President Asks Opposition Leader to Form Government

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    According to reports, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has granted the leader of Greece's official opposition and head of the center-right New Democracy party Vangelis Meimarakis a mandate to form a new government.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has granted the leader of Greece's official opposition and head of the center-right New Democracy party Vangelis Meimarakis a mandate to form a new government, Naftemporiki reported Friday.

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation on Thursday.

    Meimarakis has previously stated that he will use his right to attempt forming a government.

    Under the Greek Constitution, Meimarakis has three days to determine if his party can create a viable government before a caretaker regime is put in place.

    Tsipras, who has been facing dissent in his anti-austerity Syriza party, resigned to open the possibility of early general elections in a bid to secure support for his stand on the new bailout agreement with the country's creditors.

    According to media reports, Greece could hold snap parliamentary elections as early as on September 20.

    On August 14, the Eurogroup approved the third bailout package for Athens, worth 86-billion-euro ($95-billion), in exchange for more austerity reforms that include tax increases and pension cuts.

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