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Greek eurosceptics to take government mandate amid early election row

The head of state, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (L), is expected to name a caretaker government on August 28, 2015 and announce an election date, following the resignation of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R)A breakaway eurosceptic faction of Greece’s Syriza party was to attempt to form a government Monday as the country headed for a likely September 20 snap ballot. The ex-Syriza rebels, who call themselves the Popular Unity party after the victorious 1970 Chilean alliance of Salvador Allende, are to receive a mandate from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Pavlopoulos’ office on Sunday said he would meet Monday with the head of the conservative New Democracy party, who was first in line to be given a chance to form a government on Friday.

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