December 29, 2014 / 6:43 PM / in 3 years

Greek opposition leader vows to protect Greek bank deposits

Alexis Tsipras, opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party, leaves the parliament building after the last round of a presidential vote in Athens December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Alkis konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday promised to protect bank deposits in the country if he came to power in next month’s election, in a bid to allay fears that his government would put the wealth of Greeks at risk.

“A Syriza government and its allies will safeguard - without any footnotes or asterisks - the deposits of citizens at Greek banks, in cooperation with the European Central Bank and European partners,” Tsipras said in a speech.

“Let’s put an end to the horror stories.”

Greece’s parliament failed to elect a president in a final round of voting earlier on Monday, triggering the dissolution of parliament and early elections, which will be held on Jan. 25.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou

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