Samaras Sets May 25 Municipal, EU Elections For ND-SYRIZA Showdown



Samaras-Sets-May-25-Municipal_EU-ElectionsIn what should be a tense duel, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy Conservatives will go head-to-head with the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) on May 25, after the government said municipal elections will be held then to coincide with the ballot for seats in the European Parliament.

Samaras and his coalition partner, the PASOK Socialists, have seen their support dwindle because of their implementation of harsh austerity measures demanded by international lenders in Greece.

During a meeting of SYRIZA’s central committee on Feb. 1, party leader Alexis Tsipras appeared confident of victory in the ballots which he described as “a referendum against the government of the memorandum.”

That was a reference to deal successive governments signed with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) for two bailouts of $325 billion that will run out this year.

Tsipras, who has said he would revise or renege on the Troika deal that required big pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions, has offered no clue how he would govern without the rescue loans. His party, however,  has taken the lead in recent polls that show PASOK on the verge of extinction, eroding the coalition base.

He has been pressing Samaras to call snap elections but the Premier ruled out any coalition with SYRIZA and said he would serve out his term until 2016 but Tsipras said the ruling parties will be repudiated in May and he will come to power before then and the jockeying for power has been big Greek news for months.

Tsipras said Samaras was in a panic mode, having only a three-vote majority in the 300-member Parliament and with a secret meeting of Troika officials who said they are anxious about delayed reforms and the state of the economy even though the government said it expects a one billion euro ($1.37 billion) primary surplus that doesn’t include interest on debt.

“His fear cannot be disguised. And this fear – which is the fear of the vested interests that he represents – dictates spasmodic reactions, spasmodic policies, spasmodic tactics, spasmodic propaganda,” Tsipras said.

Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou blasted what he called SYRIZA’s “insults and slander.” PASOK accused Tsipras of “demagoguery” and said Tsipras has tied his political fate “to the existence and perpetuation of the memorandum. Without it, he has nothing to say,” it said.


5 COMMENTS

  1. “Tsipras said Samaras was in a panic mode, having only a three-vote majority in the 300-member Parliament”

    Again nobody can deny that Greece’s PM and leader of New Democracy is hanging onto power by a thread. On the 25th of May, the Hellenic electorate will deliver such a humiliating double blow to the widely despised coalition regime that more MP’s from the New Democracy-PASOK coalition could decide to resign and flee the sinking ship. If 3 more MP’s resign new national elections will be held, and SYRIZA will form the new government of Greece. It’s very difficult to predict how Golden Dawn will perform at the Greek municipal and EU parliamentary elections, especially due to the hidden vote phenomenon which is the result of people being afraid to admit to pollsters that they will vote Golden Dawn. They are afraid that their names and addresses might be recorded and secretly handed over to the authorities and put on a secret police database. Who can blame them given the recent state sponsored police harrassment of Golden Dawn. The only thing that nearly all pollsters agree on is that Golden Dawn will score higher than the 6.92% they achieved at the June 2012 national elections. Most official polls have them currently hovering between 9% to 11% of the national vote, with at least one recent respected poll giving them 15% and secret polls sponsored by the coalition regime giving Golden Dawn up to 17%.

  2. Just more CRIMES by the Samaras-Venizelos Dictatorship Junta by not calling elections NOW!

  3. Samaras has good news and bad news. First the good, elections will be May 25th, and the bad Martial Law will be declared the day before.

  4. Βορδελλο χώρα Κύριε Πρωθυπουργέ. I don’t believe anything will change in this country. Είμαι νεκρός ζωντανός χωρίς μέλλον.

  5. Βορδελλο χώρα Κύριε Πρωθυπουργέ. I don’t believe anything will change in this country. Είμαι νεκρός ζωντανός χωρίς μέλλον

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