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Leftist leader expresses doubts over new bailout

The head of Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, has expressed concern that the bailout for Greece agreed by eurozone finance ministers on Tuesday morning makes no allowances for growth.

Speaking to Skai radio, Kouvelis said the deal lacked any stimulus for growth in Greece and would make it very difficult for the government to achieve a primary budget surplus next year.

The leader of Democratic Left, which is polling in third place in some opinion surveys, said he feared that Greece would soon have to take extra austerity measures to meet fiscal targets.

In contrast, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said he was relieved by the agreement.

?Those [MPs] who voted ?no? to this deal have no right to share in this relief,? he said.

Loverdos said that elections would have to take place in April.