Greek leader to reject austerity, lay out hard leftist program

ATHENS (Reuters) – New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will lay out his radical left-wing government’s policies in a speech later on Sunday, firmly rejecting any more austerity forced on his debt-strapped country by its euro zone partners.

In his first major speech to parliament as premier, Tsipras is expected to say that Greece wants no more bailout money, plans to renegotiate its debt deal and wants a “bridge agreement” to tide the country over until a new pact is sealed.

A second part of the speech will touch on his government’s social and fiscal policy over the longer term and is likely to repeat pledges for such things as a rise in the minimum wage and free electricity for poorer Greeks.