The Greek Parliament was officially dissolved on Tuesday evening ahead of the national elections called by PM Alexis Tsipras after his party’s devastating defeat in last month’s European elections.
A decree from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos was placed outside the main entrance of the parliament building.
All 300 seats in the country’s Parliament will be contested in the national polls of July 7. It will be the first national election in Greece in which the voting age will be lowered to seventeen instead of the traditional eighteen years of age.
The inauguration ceremony for the new parliament members will be held on July 17.
On Monday, Tsipras visited Pavlopoulos to ask him to officially dissolve the Greek Parliament.
In a long-lasting tradition, Greek Premiers visit the President in the Presidential Palace in Athens and, normally using a reason concerning national security or the economy as a political pretext, they ask the President to dissolve Parliament and determine the day of the next national elections.
Prime Minister Tsipras said in front of cameras that following the results of the European elections, the country entered a long ”pre-election phase”, which could ”put the Greek economy in danger.” The PM asked the President to dissolve the Parliament for this reason.
President Pavlopoulos formally accepted the Prime Minister’s demand and issued a presidential decree dissolving Parliament late on Tuesday.