- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

ATHENS, Greece — AnApple-converted-space”> anti-bailout partyApple-converted-space”> in Greece is leading in opinion polls before this weekend’s localgovernmentApple-converted-space”> and European elections, and isApple-converted-space”> vowingApple-converted-space”> to scrap international agreements that rescued the country’s economy from bankruptcy at the cost of harsh austerity.

Three opinion polls published Thursday found that support for the left-wing SyrizaApple-converted-space”> partyApple-converted-space”> was running 2.5 percent to 3.2 percent ahead of the conservative New DemocracyApple-converted-space”> party, which leads Greece’s coalitionApple-converted-space”> government.

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras declared at hisApple-converted-space”> party’sApple-converted-space”> main election rally in Athens that a Syriza victory in Sunday’s twin polls would force theApple-converted-space”> governmentApple-converted-space”> to call early parliamentary elections.

The 39-year-old Tsipras is also running as a left-wing candidate for the continent’s top political job, European Commission president.


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