Prime min­is­ter says no elec­tions or ref­er­en­dum

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras has told se­nior aides to “for­get about elec­tions or a ref­er­en­dum,” what­ever the out­come of the coun­try’s talks with cred­i­tors.

The of­fi­cial said Tsipras told four se­nior min­is­ters that his gov­ern­ment, elected in Jan­uary, has a fresh popular man­date and that “peo­ple have trusted us to take cru­cial de­ci­sions and man­age the dif­fi­cul­ties.”

The of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the talks, quoted Tsipras as say­ing his gov­ern­ment would deal with an agree­ment with cred­i­tors “how­ever dif­fi­cult the com­pro­mise.” Al­ter­na­tively, “if Europe in­sists on a split and the con­tin­u­a­tion of sub­servience,” it would fight “for dig­nity and na­tional sovereignty.”

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A FARMER TENDS to his field as Mt. Sinabung re­leases thick plumes of ash in North Su­ma­tra prov­ince, In­done­sia. The vol­cano has erupted spo­rad­i­cally since 2010 af­ter be­ing dor­mant for about 400 years.

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