Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss snap elections [Costas Baltas/Reuters]

Greece‘s president has accepted a request from Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament, formally triggering a snap election that the prime minister has called for next month after his party suffered a resounding defeat in European parliamentary and local elections.

Monday’s request from Tsipras and approval from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos were considered formalities. Pavlopoulos is now expected to issue a decree ordering the new vote to be held on July 7.

Tsipras called the snap election four months before the end of his term after the main opposition conservative New Democracy beat his leftist Syriza party by 9.5 points in the European Parliament election in May.

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