Prime Minister Tsipras resigns after giving a TV address. Government officials said the aim was to hold an election on Sept. 20, with Tsipras seeking to crush a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party and seal public support for the bailout program, Greece’s third since 2010, that he negotiated.
The popular mandate I received on January 25th has run its course. Now the sovereign people of Greece must weigh in…I will go to the president of the republic shortly to submit my resignation, as well as the resignation of my government. I want to be honest with you. We did not achieve the agreement we expected before the January elections. I feel the deep ethical and political responsibility to put to your judgment all I have done, successes and failures.