(THE AGE) — ALEXIS Tsipras, of Greece’s radical left Syriza party, has issued an ultimatum to rival parties in the nation’s parliament: they must renounce support for the European Union-led bailout if they want to enter government.

New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, who earlier failed to form a government, said he was being asked ”to put my signature to the destruction of Greece”.

”[Mr Tsipras] interprets, with unbelievable arrogance, the election result as a mandate to drag the country into chaos,” Mr Samaras said. ”I hope [he] will have come to his senses by the time we meet.”

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