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    Outgoing Greek Prime Minister and the Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras speaks to a gathering of his party members in Athens, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

    Leaders of EU Left Parties to Support Tsipras During Pre-Election Speech

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    Several leaders of European left-wing parties will join former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday during his pre-election address, the Syriza election center told Sputnik on Thursday.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — On Friday at 6:00 p.m. (15:00 GMT), Tsipras will address the Greek people at Athens’ central Syntagma Square ahead of elections scheduled for Sunday.

    Gregor Gysi, a key politician of the German Die Linke party, and the Spanish Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, as well as Pierre Laurent, head of the French Communist Party, will join Tsipras on stage during his speech, according to the Syriza election center.

    Chair of Confederal Group of the European United Left Gabriele Zimmer will also address the crowd showing her support for the former prime minister.

    In August, Tsipras resigned in a bid to gain support for the unpopular austerity reforms he was forced to back in exchange for bailout money from Greece’s international creditors.

    A snap election in the Greek parliament is scheduled for September 20, with opinion polls saying Syriza is tied with a key rival, New Democracy, a conservative party.

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