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Syriza's leader, former prime minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a pre-election speech in western Athens, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. A new opinion poll suggests that Greece's former governing radical left party has dropped marginally behind the main opposition conservatives in popularity, for the first time since it gained power in January. Greeks vote in parliamentary elections Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)[/caption]
The ruling Syriza party of former prime minister Alexis Tsipras is on course for a shock defeat in the Greek general election scheduled for September 20, a media report said on Saturday.
A survey put the centre-right New Democracy in the lead with 24 percent and Syriza on 23 percent, The Telegraph reported.
Tsipras, who called a snap vote on August 20, has seen his party’s comfortable 15 point lead evaporate in just six weeks, putting the centre-right New Democracy in pole position to lead the fifth Greek government in just four years.
However, pre-election polls suggest no single party will win enough support to form a majority government after the September 20 ballot.
Analysts now expect the pro bail-out conservatives, who oversaw the last international rescue and dominated Greek politics before Syriza’s landmark election in January, to form a more stable coalition, dramatically reducing the risks of a future eurozone exit.
Tsipras resigned as prime minister on August 27.