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Bank closures ‘will not last long,’ Tsipras says

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greeks on Thursday the problems they face because of closed banks "will not last long," saying he expected to clinch a new aid deal with creditors 48 hours after a Sunday referendum.

Tsipras told ANT1 television that scenes in Greece – queues at cash machines and a crush of elderly Greeks waiting hours for pensions – were "embarrassing," but he blamed Greece’s eurozone partners that forced the European Central Bank to freeze vital funding to the banks. [Reuters]