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Alexis Tsipras resigns, Greece prepares for early elections

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Athens: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted his resignation to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday and has called for early elections.

The call for an early election is aimed at strengthening the position of Tsipras and quelling a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party. The election, if Tsipras wins, will also serve as a stamp of public support for the bailout program, according to a report published in Times of India.

Tsipras had been working for last 7 months after he took office in January 2015.

The TOI quotes Tsipras as saying: “The political mandate of the January 25 elections has exhausted its limits and now the Greek people have to have their say.”

The early election is also likely to help Tsipras to consolidate his support base and ride on his popularity to a stronger position, before the harshest parts of the bailout program like pension cuts, increase in value added taxes, solidarity tax on incomes etc. begin to affect people.

The government officials hope that the election could be conducted by September 20th and the Syriza party is aiming to get a majority in the elections.

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Australian Man Jacob Welsh from Geelong, Melbourne raises $4,000 to bring stray dog home from Greece

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece

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Melbourne, Sept 6, 2016: An Australian man Jacob Welsh has raised $4,000 to bring a stray dog home from Greece.

Welsh is from Geelong, 75 km from Melbourne, raised the money on a popular crowd-funding Website, to bring the dog, which he named “Chance,” back to Australia, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

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The resounding success of the campaign guaranteed Chance would have a home for the rest of her life, said Welsh.

“Thank you! She will not spend another night on the street thanks to all the help we’ve received,” Welsh wrote on social media on Tuesday.

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece.

“I called her over to me and she hesitantly approached, I gave her a little pat and ever since then she has followed me wherever I go,” he wrote on social media earlier.

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“I didn’t have the heart to leave her on the street after that so since then I have been sneaking her into my apartment, which has a strict no-pets policy.

“The sad reality of her going back on the streets is becoming more and more real as my time left in Greece comes to an end.

“Australia’s laws are very strict with this kind of thing but I have done the research and it is possible, just very expensive. If you can spare a few dollars Chance and I would really appreciate it.”

Costs involved in bringing an animal into Australia include a rabies vaccine, pet passport, plane tickets, airport transfers, de-worming medication and a pet carrier box. (IANS)

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