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Greece to hold general elections in Oct 2019

IANS  |  Athens 

Greek has said his country will hold the in October 2019 and the ruling coalition of the Radical Left, commonly known as Syriza, will win.

will also win the European in May 2019, Tsipras said in an interview with the television channel which was broadcast on Thursday, reported.

He also expressed his certainty that the Prespes Agreement, aimed to resolve the name issue regarding the use of the term Macedonia, will be ratified in the

"Everyone down to the last citizen understands that, in spite of the difficulties, in spite of the problems, this agreement is beneficial for the country and especially for northern and Thessaloniki," he said.

"We want Thessaloniki to be the economic centre of the Balkans, but we can't do that by turning our back to our neighbours," Tsipras noted.

He referred also to the proposed deal that the discussed with the Church of this week in order to remove around 10,000 clergies from the state payroll and to resolve a long-standing property dispute.

"It is a historic step that resolves a pending issue going back decades," he said.

He stressed that since the Orthodox Church priests will be removed from the state's salary rolls, 10,000 new jobs will be created immediately.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 07:42 IST