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BBC: Greek PM confirms snap election
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has confirmed that Greece will hold a snap parliamentary election on 16 September.
Speaking on TV, Mr Karamanlis said he had formally requested the dissolution of parliament and new polls in a letter handed to President Karolos Papoulias.
Mr Karamanlis, who called the poll six months before his government's term ends, is seeking a mandate for reform.
Opinion polls suggest his conservative New Democracy party is only just ahead of the opposition Socialists.
A series of scandals and an unpopular reform programme are among the issues which have dented the government's popularity since its win in 2004.
In that election, New Democracy won 165 of the 300 seats in the Greek parliament, ending 11 years of uninterrupted government by the Socialist Party (Pasok).
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UPDATE: Greek Prime Minister Calls Elections For Sep 16 - Dow Jones Newswires
But their popularity has slipped in recent months following a bond trading scandal that ensnared some of the country's largest pension funds, as well as public anger over the government's response to a wave of forest fires this summer.
Greek elections brought forward to September 16 - (Thomson Financial)
Political pundits say that Karamanlis's conservative party Nea Democratia is asking for early elections to strategically take advantage of the socialist party PASOK's weakness and prevent further voter leakage over dissatisfaction that all their pre election promises have not been kept.
Greece to hold early elections in September - The Associated Press
"I think the government feels it must open a new front of reforms, and this period of intense speculation on when the elections will be held has effectively brought things to stagnation," said analyst John Loulis.
Loulis said reforms would focus on the pension system, privatization, encouraging private entrepreneurship and strengthening economic growth.
Analyst Giorgos Sefertzis said Karamanlis was trying "to grab a second chance," and was banking on catching the socialists unprepared.
He added that the summer fires — which burned huge expanses in the few forested areas still surrounding the rapidly developing capital — would not have a strong impact on the vote.
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