Greek Independent MP Theodora Tzakri aligned with SYRIZA after a meeting with party leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday afternoon in parliament.
Theodora Tzakri had been a PASOK MP until November 2013, when she was rejected from the party for voting against the coalition government in parliament. She had also been Interior Deputy Minister in the last George Papandreou administration.
After the meeting with Tsipras, Tzakri made the following statement:
“Greek society is facing a social, economic and political impasse that is getting worse by the day. Every progressive MP has a duty to fight with all their might to overcome this impasse. In our meeting with SYRIZA President Mr. Alexis Tsipras, I concurred with him in his effort to overturn the present situation at all levels. I advocate immediate elections in order to have a new, strong, progressive government, since the present parliament cannot elect the President of the Hellenic Republic and the current administration cannot solve Greece’s problems. I consider it my patriotic duty to join the progressive political powers in order to achieve the majority needed to form an autonomous government.”
Tzakri had aligned with SYRIZA before, as she concurred with the leftist party on the Public Power Corporation (PPC) issue. Last summer, SYRIZA strongly opposed on PPC’s 30% privatization.
Tsipras approached Tzakri in an effort to create a front of 121 MPs who will oppose the election of the President of the Hellenic Republic from the present parliament. He did the same a few days ago with independent MP Chrysoula Giatagana who previously sided with the Independent Greeks (ANEL).