Bank closures “will not last long”, PM Alexis Tsipras assures Greeks

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Published: July 3, 2015 8:36:03 AM

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greeks on Thursday the problems they face because of closed banks "will not last long", saying he expected to clinch a new aid deal with creditors 48 hours after a Sunday referendum.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greeks on Thursday the problems they face because of closed banks “will not last long”, saying he expected to clinch a new aid deal with creditors 48 hours after a Sunday referendum.

Tsipras told ANT1 television that scenes in Greece – queues at cash machines and a crush of elderly Greeks waiting hours for pensions –  were “embarrassing”, but he blamed Greece’s euro zone partners that forced the European Central Bank to freeze vital funding to the banks.

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