Former PASOK Socialist lawmaker Theodora Tzakri, who was immediately expelled from the party for supporting a measure to censure the ruling coalition government – which includes her party – was criticized by its officials who said she had previously always backed austerity measures and followed orders on how to vote.
Tzakri was the only one of the 27 MPs in her party to vote yes on the motion brought by the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) which sought a no-confidence stance against Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy leader and his partner, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos, who was appointed his Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister after reversing his opposition to the closing of the national broadcaster ERT and the firing of all its 2,653 workers in June.
At that time, Venizelos too blasted the government he served but once he did a U-turn he got the plum jobs to which he was appointed. The SYRIZA motion was brought after Samaras ordered riot police to evict the former ERT workers from the broadcasting station’s headquarters they had occupied for five months.
PASOK spokesman Odysseas Konstantinopoulos slammed Tzakri for voting against the government in the censure motion ballot and reducing the government majority in the Parliament to 154, a razor-thin four-seat majority.
“At a crucial time for the country, now that we are coming out of the memorandum, she chose the easy option,” he said, who also lambasted other PASOK lawmakers who left the party since June 2012. He was referring to the deal signed by Greece with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) which is putting up $325 billion in two bailouts in return for pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and public worker firings.
“Some of them want to become mayors, others SYRIZA MPs,” said the PASOK spokesman. “I wish them luck. No job is shameful.”
SYRIZA MP Giorgos Stathakis, meanwhile, admitted that the anti-government rally SYRIZA organized on the night of Nov. 10 before the vote did not have the kind of turnout the party wanted.
“It was a respectable gathering but not as big as we wanted,” he said. “This is a society that has been isolated after three years of dramatic events. We shouldn’t kid ourselves about that.” Only about 3,000 people showed up.