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Greece's Tsipras says launching debt relief talks, boosting banks his urgent policy priorities

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures as he leads the first cabinet meeting of his new government in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Tsipras, at 41 Greece's youngest prime minister in about 150 years, won re-election in the early election despite a rebellion in his party after his remarkable policy U-turn in the summer, when he broke key promises to fight bailout-linked austerity and instead signed a new bailout with even more tax hikes and income cuts. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures as he leads the first cabinet meeting of his new government in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Tsipras, at 41 Greece's youngest prime minister in about 150 years, won re-election in the early election despite a rebellion in his party after his remarkable policy U-turn in the summer, when he broke key promises to fight bailout-linked austerity and instead signed a new bailout with even more tax hikes and income cuts. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greece's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos drinks his coffee during the first cabinet meeting of the new government in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his cabinet that the country can exit its debilitating financial crisis by 2019. He said the government will focus on speedily completing talks with international creditors with a view to easing Greece's public debt and recapitalizing its battered banks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos drinks his coffee during the first cabinet meeting of the new government in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his cabinet that the country can exit its debilitating financial crisis by 2019. He said the government will focus on speedily completing talks with international creditors with a view to easing Greece's public debt and recapitalizing its battered banks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the new government attend the first cabinet meeting in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, at 41 Greece's youngest prime minister in about 150 years, won re-election in the early election despite a rebellion in his party after his remarkable policy U-turn in the summer, when he broke key promises to fight bailout-linked austerity and instead signed a new bailout with even more tax hikes and income cuts. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Members of the new government attend the first cabinet meeting in Athens, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, at 41 Greece's youngest prime minister in about 150 years, won re-election in the early election despite a rebellion in his party after his remarkable policy U-turn in the summer, when he broke key promises to fight bailout-linked austerity and instead signed a new bailout with even more tax hikes and income cuts. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's newly re-elected prime minister is pledging to fast-track negotiations with the country's bailout creditors, with a view to bringing the country out of its debilitating financial crisis by 2019.

Alexis Tsipras told his first Cabinet meeting Friday that by the end of his four-year mandate he also hopes to have extracted Greece from strict supervision by creditors.

He said his first, urgent priority will be to launch talks on reducing the country's crippling debt burden and boost the country's battered banking system.

Tsipras, 41, heads a left-led coalition following last Sunday's election.

He called the snap polls seven months into his first mandate, after hardline left-wingers in his Syriza party rebelled against a policy U-turn that saw Greece signing a third international bailout — accompanied by new austerity measures.