Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday to call for general elections on 7 July.

“Since the European elections, there is a sense that Greece is on an extended (election) campaign period of nearly four months, which I am obliged to consider as it can introduce possible dangers to the Greek economy,” he said as justification for his request for snap elections prior to those scheduled at the end of his term in October.

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“Given that we have entered a normalcy cycle, this must under no circumstances be interrupted, as this would result in the sacrifices and efforts of the Greek people being in vain.”

Mr Pavlopoulos accepted the request, citing article 41, paragraph 4 of the Greek constitution.