On Saturday, Greek main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras underlined the need for his party to dominate politically and take advantage of its victory in the European Parliament elections, and within this framework to undertake initiatives towards the national agreement, during his address to his party’s central committee.
Tsipras charged the government and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for “humiliating the parliamentary institutions and scaremongering,” and reassured that SYRIZA will not follow this path.
He stated that his party is the most powerful and organized political force in Greece at this moment, “a political force that secures stability”.
Ahead of the start of the procedures for the election of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Tsipras called all political forces, as well as the independent MPs, to state their position clearly.
Despite the fact that he did not rule out the possibility of rapid political developments, he underlined that “we can say with certainty that the presidential elections will be a landmark for the country” because as he said “the government does not have the parliamentary majority to elect the new president that would allow it to continue its disastrous course.”
Tsipras said that SYRIZA should not be trapped in the so-called ideological clarity, adding that authority means “the ability to create a majority based on our program” and pledged that he will insist on the need of a wide political, social and national agreement.
He said that the government has dried along with its success story’s bubble and charged Samaras and Venizelos that “in order to undermine SYRIZA, they do not hesitate to undermine the country’s stability,” adding that the Prime Minister did not have the boldness to demand what the program he co-signed foresees; after the achievement of a primary surplus, start the discussion for the debt’s sustainability.”
The main opposition leader predicted that “the markets will probably be hostile towards Greece for a long period,” adding that the markets are playing their own games and noted that only after a substantial debt relief they will stop being hostile.”
Referring to the developments in the Balkans and the Middle East, Tsipras charged Turkey’s stance on Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, saying that “it consists a despicable violation of Cyprus’ rights, enshrined by international law”. He also expressed his concern over the recent developments in Dervitsani, Albania, noting the need for immediate action against the nationalist tension in the Balkans that is against the efforts for cooperation and solution to the area’s problems.