Prime Minister Tsipras: ‘We are looking for an October date for elections’

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras repeated his government’s determination to run the full course of its four-year term in statements while wishing reporters a happy New Year, after the end of a holiday celebration at the Maximos Mansion.

“We are looking for an October date for elections,” the prime minister said, to questions about when the general elections will be held.

Tsipras was also asked about the Prespes Agreement and whether this might be tabled in parliament for ratification before March, replying that the “vote will be held in good time” and saying that he had not yet decided whether it might be tabled before March.

Questioned about reports of a delay in voting on the protocol for the neighbouring country’s accession to NATO, the prime minister dismissed these as “nonsense” and said that a few days will intervene between the vote on the Agreement and ratification of the protocol for technical reasons.

Tsipras also commented on his plans to visit Istanbul, saying that this might take place in early February instead of January.