Fifty-three members of SYRIZA’s Central Committee, most of them affiliated with Panagiotis Lafazanis’ Left Platform, resigned on Wednesday. In a letter, they stressed that they were unable to serve the new Memorandum signed by Greece, which they said delivered the final blow to the Greek people, as Central Committee members.
The majority of the 53 have already joined Lafazanis’ Popular Unity movement.
They also accused the government of ignoring SYRIZA’s program and collective processes, including the Central Committee’s decision for an emergency convention, in order to sign a new harsh Memorandum and then call for snap elections without consulting the Central Committee at all.
Among those resigning were Alekos Kalyvis, Sofi Papadogianni, Antonis Davanellos, Stathis Leoutsakos, all of whom had also resigned from the party’s Political Secretariat last week, and MEP Nikos Houndis.
SYRIZA ‘Platform 2010’ group members support government actions, resort to elections
In an announcement on Wednesday, 14 members of SYRIZA’s “Platform 2010” expressed their support for the actions taken by the government, including its decision to sign a Memorandum with the country’s creditors and resort to snap elections.
“The Tsipras government kept the country alive and set in motion its exit from the ‘clashing rocks’ of the crisis,” the announcement said, expressing support for “SYRIZA’s attempt for a majority leftist government.”
“Contrary to the irresponsible policy of a so-called ‘rupture,’ of ‘all or nothing,’ of chaos and political opportunism, contrary to the usurping and distortion of the ‘No’ vote, we, the ‘Platform 2010’ members, support SYRIZA’s attempt to form a majority leftist government,” it said.
“It is up to the next government – which we believe will be that of SYRIZA led by Alexis Tsipras – to set a steady course for growth,” the statement added.
Among those signing the statement were several MPs and members of SYRIZA’s Central Committee and Political Secretariat, as well as SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis.