Escalating the tone of his rhetoric, the leader of main opposition Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA party Alexis Tsipras accused on Sunday the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of being “afraid of losing power,” charging him with openly calling MPs who are not sympathetic to the coalition government to nevertheless “defect” and vote in favor of a new President of the Republic.
Addressing SYRIZA supporters in Larissa, central Greece, Tsipras was highly critical of the content in an article by PM Samaras in a Sunday newspaper. SYRIZA leader commented that the people already are in command of the political developments, saying that the MPs — who will vote in three successive Parliament votes for a new President, in a fortnight — are called to either “accept the new labor regime of absolute barbarity, or send the country to general elections of deliverance and redemption.”
He also invited any political parties and personalities “who wish to put an end to demolition,” to align with SYRIZA’s efforts. “We reach out to every Greek, irrespective of the political party they supported up until yesterday,” said Tsipras, who defended his party’s platform as realistic, feasible, fiscally balanced and unattached to the course and duration of future negotiations with Greece’s bailout creditors.
Inter alia, Tsipras described PM Samaras as a “propagandist of his country’s insolvency,” while noting that “the word fear is mentioned 15 times in one article, that’s how much he is afraid,” in commenting on the Premier’s Sunday article.
He also said, that Greeks can already welcome a “Happy New Year” with a government by the people, policies for the people, power in the name of the people, with SYRIZA at the core of the new government and a driving force of the “great change.”