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    Led by former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, the Greek Popular Unity party is made up of 25 lawmakers who broke ranks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ ruling Syriza coalition on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is expected to provide the newly created anti-austerity Popular Unity party with a mandate to form a new government on Monday, local media reported.

    Tsipras announced his resignation on Thursday to pave the way for early elections he hopes will secure support for a third bailout deal with Greece’s creditors.

    Tsipras and Syriza swept into power in January on a platform to abolish unpopular austerity measures that have only been strengthened in the recent deal.

    According to the Kathimerini daily, Pavlopoulos is set to give Lafazanis three days to forge a new administration as part of the constitutional procedure following Tsipras’ resignation.

    Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Lafazanis ruled out cooperation with other parties over "unbridgeable" differences, effectively conceding that Popular Unity would fail to garner majority support to form a coalition.

    The leader of Greece’s second-largest opposition party New Democracy, Evangelos Meimarakis, has failed to take advantage of the three-day mandate to form a 151-majority ruling coalition in the 300-member legislature over the weekend.

    Following Tsipras’ resignation, Greece will hold early elections next month, reportedly as early as September 20.

    Greece's Gordian Knot: Syriza Tackles Austerity (404)


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