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SYRIZA minister says bailout means Greek election in 2015

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Greece's labor minister says the country is likely to see another general election this year.

Panos Skourletis, a former spokesman for the ruling SYRIZA party, told state television the government will need "borrowed votes from the opposition" to pass the new austerity measures demanded by creditors.

He says "I cannot see how we can avoid elections in 2015 … It's unnatural: We believe in something different than what we've been forced to sign with a gun pointed to our head."

Pro-European Greek opposition parties have promised to back the bailout deal negotiated by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as the only alternative to being expelled from the shared euro currency.

Skourletis said, however, that a quick election could not be held because of the state of Greece's economy, with its banks still closed. 

[AP]