Manonlis Glezos, a veteran SYRIZA MP and World War Two hero, said on Friday that he is standing in European Parliament elections next month out of duty despite his age of 91.

"In the dismal era that we live in, I have no right to abstain," Glezos said in a written statement, explaining why he accepted a proposal by party leader Alexis Tsipras to stand in the polls.

"My fellow fighters who were lost in battle, executed or who died unbowed call on me to represent them, standing tall, on debt's ramparts." "It is too late to stop now," he added.