Prime Minister of Greece intends to hold parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2019

© AFP 2018 / Sakis MitrolidisПремьер-the Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras during a press conference in Thessaloniki. September 9, 2018Prime Minister of Greece intends to hold parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2019© AFP 2018 / Sakis Mitrolidis

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras said that the parliamentary elections will be held in the fall of 2019, after a four-year term of the government, and he is not going to hold them in may next year along with elections to the European Parliament.

«My main strategic choice is to go to the polls at the end of the term. I think that’s going to happen with high probability», the Prime Minister said at a press conference at the 83rd International fair of Thessaloniki (TIF).

«The country is moving well, the economy is going well. Requires political stability. This is a prerequisite for good development of the economy,» — said Tsipras.

He called his personal success and the government that this is the first study, which will be in power for the constitutional period of four years. Before that, in Greece from 2007 to 2015 six early elections.

However, according to him, the European elections provide an opportunity to see the real picture, to see what has changed, how true the polls.

«SYRIZA will win the elections in October 2019. Because it is a political force that succeeded where three previous failed government,» said Tsipras, noting that his government managed to bring the country out of the assistance programme.

Answering questions, Tsipras expressed the hope that his partner in the ruling coalition – leader of the party «Independent Greeks» (ANEL) Panos Kammenos will not jeopardize the revival of the economy of the country because of disagreements with the agreement of the Republic of Macedonia. Kammenos oppose the agreement with Skopje and has repeatedly said he will not vote in Parliament for ratification.

«I appreciate the principled position Kammenos, although I do not agree with it,» said Tsipras, re-calling the success of the agreement on the Macedonian issue.

At the same time, Tsipras refused to discuss whether to support the candidacy of the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos for a second term. Elections should be held in March 2020. If the SYRIZA party will not support the candidacy of Pavlopoulos election, the Parliament must be dissolved and early elections will be announced. «We have a great President. I see no reason to discuss presidential elections», — said Tsipras.