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Alexis Tsipras

Tsipras insists he can lead Greece out of crisis by 2019

Greece's left-wing prime minister easily won a confidence vote early Thursday, and pledged to usher the bailout-reliant country out of its financial crisis by 2019, mitigating creditor-mandated austerity with support for the poor. Alexis Tsipras' governing coalition received the backing of all 155 of its lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament, with all opposition members voting against. Earlier, Tsipras told lawmakers that his newly-elected government expects to be able to tap bond markets in early 2017 — a key condition for Greece to make ends meet without further rescue loans from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund. Tsipras' speech concluded a...