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Tsipras to hold meetings ahead of government policy statements

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Following his week-long visit to the US, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was to hold a meeting at the Maximos Mansion early on Friday afternoon to prepare for his statements on the government's policy program on Monday.

Sources close to Tsipras indicated that a series of bills for the implementation of tough measures pledged by Greece to its creditors will be passed.

Before embarking on what promises to be a tough week, Tsipras is also to chair a session of SYRIZA's central committee on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Parliament will open for MPs to be sworn in followed by the election of a new parliament speaker, former interior minister Nikos Voutsis, on Sunday.

On Monday, Tsipras is to reappear in Parliament to present his government's policy priorities. He is expected to reiterate his commitment to honoring reforms pledged to creditors in a bid to secure a successful review and trigger talks on debt relief.

After three days of debate on the policy priorities, a vote of confidence is to be held in his new government, late on Wednesday.

Also on Monday, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is to unveil the draft budget for next year before travelling to Luxembourg where he will defend it before his eurozone peers.

Monday's Eurogroup summit will also focus on the so-called prior actions that Greece must legislate to secure rescue funding from its new bailout.