Tsipras resigns as Greek prime minister

Tsipras resigns as Greek prime minister
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras confirms that he resigns and asks for new elections.

In a televised speech Thursday night Tsipras said that the mandate the Syriza government got in the elections in January has gone out, and that voters must elect again.

Tsipras also said that the deal the government negotiated with its creditors, were not as good as they had hoped, but it was the best possible given the circumstances.

Tsipras wants a new election to handle the rebellion that has broken out in the ruling party Syriza and to ensure support for the economic reforms the government has undertaken through negotiations with creditors.

Last week a big part of the Syriza parliamentary group voted no to the loan agreement with the EU, and Tsipras had to ask the opposition for support to get the necessary majority.

Tsipras is still popular among Greek voters, and would probably have won if the elections were held today, writes Reuters.

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