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Published: 0109 GMT September 09, 2018

Greek PM rules out snap election

Greek PM rules out snap election
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during the opening of the annual International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, in Thessaloniki, Greece, on September 8, 2018.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday ruled out an early election, saying that the left-led coalition would exhaust its term which ends in late 2019.

Tsipras said he did not expect the country will be pushed to early elections because of disagreements within his governing coalition over a name deal with neighboring Macedonia, Reuters reported.

The Greek prime minister said he did not expect that coalition partner and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party, would dislodge the economic stability of the country, which just emerged from a bailout.

Athens and Skopje reached a deal in June ending years of acrimony between the two countries over the name of the tiny Balkan state, but it has triggered a furious response from many Greeks.

Kammenos has said he disagreed with the deal, but has shown no inclination of leaving government. The country’s governing coalition is backed by 153 lawmakers in the country’s 300-seat parliament.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in the fall of 2019 by the latest.

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