0743 GMT March 24, 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.