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Greek PM rules out coalition government with main opposition parties

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Greece’s outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rules out forming a national unity government with main opposition parties if he fails to obtain an absolute majority in snap elections.

“I will not become a prime minister who cooperates with New Democracy, Pasok or Potami,” said Tsipras in a televised interview on Wednesday.

During the interview, Tsipras also expressed his sadness for a “civil war” in his party.

Tsipras resigned last week amid a rift in his Syriza Party. Unhappy with the terms of the bailout, more than 25 members of the party announced their decision to leave the party. Disagreements emerged after dissident lawmakers denounced the premier for what they called reneging on his anti-austerity promises in the face of an international bailout, which brought him to power in January elections.

The official date for the country’s general election is to be officially announced by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos by the end of the week.

“We are not going to cooperate with the old system,” said Tsipras. “We are not going to bring back what the people decided to throw out.”

“If we do not have a majority, I will not cooperate with (the parties that ran) previous governments,” Tsipras said.

Eurozone finance ministers approved Greece’s third debt bailout on August 14 after the Greek parliament endorsed the rescue package following a tough debate.

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