ATHENS, Greece – Greece's prime minister says he does not want early elections, but rebels within his radical left Syriza party could force his hand.
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Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday that if he loses his parliamentary majority, which has been challenged by party hardliners who oppose Greece's talks for a new international bailout, he will have to call national elections.
Tsipras said in an interview with Syriza's Sto Kokkino radio station that he wants to hold a party congress in September, once the vital bailout deal is sealed, to decide on the party's future.
Tsipras' six-month-old government is negotiating the terms of the 85 billion euro bailout — Greece's third in little more than five years — with representatives of the country's international creditors. The deal must be concluded before Aug. 20.