ATHENS, Greece — The head of Greece’s radical left party, Alexis Tsipras, says he is seeking people’s vote in order to cancel the terms of the country’s international bailout agreement.
Tsipras, whose party came second in the inconclusive May 6 polls, said today there was no way to partially implement the terms of the bailout, known as the memorandum. He said his party would seek to repeal the terms, which have been blamed for a prolonged recession.
The debt-strapped country holds its second election in six weeks on June 17. It was called after the center-right New Democracy party won the May 6 poll but without enough votes to form a government, and coalition talks collapsed.
Tsipras’ Syriza party has been neck-and-neck with New Democracy in most recent opinion polls.