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Tsipras admits his weakness

Alexis Tsipras, the man who hopes to become leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) next Sunday at the age of just 33 has told Sunday’s Kathi-merini that he acknowledges his lack of experience for the role but that it is time for a new generation of politicians to come to the fore. MP Fotis Kouvelis, who is 59, will stand against Tsipras on Sunday in a bid to become the man to succeed current leader Alekos Alavanos, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Tsipras has attracted considerable attention because of his age and he is aware that this is one of his disadvantages. «It’s a negative for me that, to a large extent, I do not have experience,» said Tsipras, who stood as a candidate for Athens mayor in 2006. «If you ask me whether I feel ready, I will tell you I am not, but I think the time has come for us to let a new generation make its own mistakes.» Tsipras also stressed that if elected SYRIZA leader, he has no intention of working with PASOK at least until it is over its current «crisis.»