SYRIZA’s left platform attacked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for not having a Plan B and succumbing to creditors’ demands to sign a deal that goes against party policy.
With several SYRIZA MPs stating that they will vote against the second set of reforms on Wednesday, cohesion within the party is a thing of the past. “There are two views within SYRIZA, possibly a divorce is unavoidable, but there should be dialogue first,” government spokesperson Olga Gerovasili said on Alpha radio.
At the same time, Deputy Citizens Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis said on Vima radio that with 40 dissidents within SYRIZA, there are two different parties with opposing views. Adding junior coalition partner ANEL, there are three parties that govern, Panousis said.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos who brought to parliament the new Civil Procedure Code to be voted as a bailout prerequisite, stated that he is against it but he is forced to vote for it otherwise Greece will go bankrupt.
Through an article in iskra.gr, the left platform’s website, the party dissidents accuse the prime minister and call him to take back his statements about purging those within SYRIZA who refuse to vote for the new bailout reforms. That, they say, means splitting the party in two.
The article says that the prime minister should have nationalized Greek banks immediately after coming to power and default on all loan payments before starting negotiations with creditors. Instead, the text says, Tsipras chose to repay the loans, thereby emptying state coffers without receiving any further financial aid. That brought the country to a dire position on July 12 and the prime minister surrendered to the blackmailing creditors.
Implying Panagiotis Lafazanis, Yanis Varoufakis and Zoe Konstantopoulou, the prime minister stated on Tuesday that those who oppose him “should not be hiding behind his own signature” and accused them for not having any alternatives to propose.