• Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, is blocked by microphone wiring as he tries to approach main opposition conservative New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis, right, to shake hands prior to a live televised debate at the state-run ERT television in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, is blocked by microphone wiring as he tries to approach main opposition conservative New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis, right, to shake hands prior ... to a live televised debate at the state-run ERT television in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

  • Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, right, is welcomed by the Dionysis Tsaknis, left, President of state-run ERT television, as he arrives for a live televised debate with main opposition conservative New Democracy party head Vangelis Meimarakis, in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.  Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, right, is welcomed by the Dionysis Tsaknis, left, President of state-run ERT television, as he arrives for a live televised debate with main opposition ... conservative New Democracy party head Vangelis Meimarakis, in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

  • Vangelis Meimarakis, head of Greece's main opposition conservative New Democracy party, arrives for a live televised debate with former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party at the state-run ERT television in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Vangelis Meimarakis, head of Greece's main opposition conservative New Democracy party, arrives for a live televised debate with former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party at the state-run ERT television ... in Athens, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Greece is holding a snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

Days ahead of election, Greece's Tsipras says grand coalition would be 'unnatural'

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Greece's left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras says he will not form an "unnatural" grand coalition government with conservative rivals if he wins Sunday's general election, despite polls suggesting that neither party can score an outright victory.

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In a televised debate late Monday, Tsipras vowed to form a "progressive" coalition that wouldn't include opposition leader Evangelos Meimarakis' center-right New Democracy party.

Tsipras called the snap election after reaching an agreement with eurozone countries for a massive third international bailout, despite having served only seven months as prime minister.

He has clung to a slim lead in opinion polls but suffered a sharp drop in his approval rating in recent weeks.