July 5, 2015 / 8:31 PM / 3 years ago

Greek conservative opposition leader Samaras steps down

ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced he was stepping down as leader of Greece’s conservative New Democracy opposition party after a strong vote for the ‘No’ position backed by the leftwing government in Sunday’s referendum.

“Our party needs a new start. As of today, I’m resigning from the leadership of New Democracy,” Samaras said in a televised statement.

Reporting by Michele Kambas and Karolina Tagaris

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