PM seeks to cool talk of him call­ing snap polls

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There was an at­tempt yesterday by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras, via gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Olga Gerovasili, to down­play the pos­si­bil­ity of snap elec­tions with­out com­pletely dis­miss­ing the idea of Greeks go­ing to the bal­lot again soon.

Sources said that Tsipras wants to dampen the dis­cus­sion within his own party about snap elec­tions but also wants to show op­po­si­tion par­ties and Greece’s lenders that the first thought on his mind af­ter se­cur­ing a third bailout will not be to seek a fresh man­date.

“The spec­u­la­tion about elec­tions that has been cul­ti­vated over the last few days is not ben­e­fi­cial, nor does it re­flect re­al­ity,” she said. “What is at the head of the gov­ern­ment’s plan­ning at the mo­ment is the com­ple­tion of the agree­ment with the in­sti­tu­tions and what will hap­pen af­ter that. The first, and main, goal is putting into ef­fect the pledge at the re­cent Euro Sum­mit re­gard­ing debt re­lief.”

“There are no thoughts of elec­tions,” she added.

Sources told Kathimerini that Gerovasili’s state­ment did not mean Tsipras is aban­don­ing all thoughts of hold­ing snap elec­tions but that he is re­think­ing his plans.

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