Greek opposition leader vows to protect Greek bank deposits

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Posted: Dec 29, 2014 1:42 PM

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)