Tsipras smiles as he meets with the President of Greece to announce his resignation at the Presidental Palace in Athens.
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday and called early elections, an attempt to get a new, stronger mandate to implement a three-year bailout program that sparked a rebellion within his radical left party.In a televised address to the nation, Tsipras said his government had gotten the best deal possible for the country when it agreed to an 86 billion euro ($95 billion) bailout from other eurozone countries.With the country's finances now secured, Tsipras said he felt obliged to let the Greek people evaluate his work.Tsipras had delayed a decision on whether to call new elections until after Greece received the first installment from the bailout and made a debt repayment to the European Central Bank, both of which it did Thursday.Despite his policy U-turn, Tsipras continues to enjoy popular support and was far ahead of his opposition rivals in opinion polls, although none have been published since the bailout agreement was finalized.
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