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Greece: Former PM Tsipras seeks absolute majority for left-wing Syriza party in early election

  • The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers a question during a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers a question during a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. The banner on the background reads: "We get rid of the past" and "We Win Tomorrow". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. The banner on the background reads: "We get rid of the past" and "We Win Tomorrow". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers a question during a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. The banner on the background reads: "We get rid of the past" and "We Win Tomorrow". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers a question during a news conference at the Vellidio Convention Center in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Tsipras said Sunday the upcoming national election, Sept. 20, 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. The banner on the background reads: "We get rid of the past" and "We Win Tomorrow". (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's former prime minister says he is seeking an absolute majority for his radical left Syriza party in upcoming early elections, but indicated a coalition government would be formed quickly if no party wins enough parliamentary seats to govern alone.

Alexis Tsipras resigned last month, triggering Sept. 20 elections, barely eight months into his four-year term following a rebellion by Syriza hardliners objecting to his agreement to creditor-demanded tax hikes and spending cuts in return for a third bailout.

Recent opinion polls show Syriza in a dead heat with opposition New Democracy, but with neither winning enough seats to form a government.

During a news conference Monday, Tsipras said if Syriza doesn't win outright, "Greece will be governed because nobody will take the responsibility of leaving the country ungoverned."