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Tsipras warns Greeks against return to 'dark period of corruption' ahead of Sept 20 election

  • Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, delivers a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course. The slogan reads :"We win the future". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, delivers a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course. The slogan reads :"We win the future". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alexis Tsipras, left, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, greets former Finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos, before delivering a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course.  (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Alexis Tsipras, left, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, greets former Finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos, before delivering a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, delivers a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course.  (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing Syriza party and former prime minister, delivers a pre-election speech at the 80th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Greece heads to general parliamentary elections on Sept. 20, highlighting Greece's need to keep its European course. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the upcoming national election is a battle between his "honorable" government of the past seven months and "the dark period of corruption, cronyism and power networks" that prevailed in previous decades.

Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza party, says he is the best-placed to improve the bailout deal with Greece creditors which he himself agreed to in July and which he described as "open-ended" on several issues and subject to improvement through negotiations.

Speaking at the Thessaloniki International Fair, Tsipras outlined a government program whose reformist agenda has been, with a few variations, echoed by previous governments.

He said Sunday that his economic policy would be based on "strong government intervention ... to redistribute incomes."

The election will be held on Sept. 20.