Tsipras does not rule out PASOK alliance, under conditions

Tsipras does not rule out PASOK alliance, under conditions

Backpedaling on previous statements that SYRIZA would not cooperate with PASOK after the upcoming elections, leftist leader Alexis Tsipras late Thursday did not rule out working with Greece's socialists.

During an interview with Kontra TV station, Tsipras, who has seen his party's popularity slide in recent opinion polls, however said that an alliance with PASOK would not be unconditional. Socialist leader Fofi Gennimata, the former prime minister said, would first have to exclude senior MPs Evangelos Venizelos and Andreas Loverdos from a potential government.

Public surveys over the past week have shown New Democracy conservatives catching up with Tsipras's party, with one showing it even overtaking SYRIZA, suggesting a surprisingly tight contest for the vote.

Tsipras has repeatedly stated his party's ambition to win an absolute majority in Parliament. By contrast, the conservatives have said they are open to a broad alliance to help steer Greece through its worst post-war economic crisis.

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