Greece's Tsipras resigns, calls snap polls to beat party revolt

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presents his resignation to the Greek president at the presidental palace in Athens on August 20, 2015Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation and called for snap elections on Thursday, as he went on the offensive to defend the country’s massive bailout after it triggered a rebellion within his own hard-left party. Tsipras did not give a date for the new polls but they are expected to be held on September 20, the state news agency ANA said, citing government sources. “Now that this difficult cycle has come to an end, I wish to submit to your judgement all that we have done,” Tsipras said, before meeting President Prokopis Pavlopoulous to formally hand in his resignation.

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