Greece’s PM Tsipras Votes in Referendum; Says ‘Greeks Open Path for Europe’



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Surrounded by hundreds of NO supporters and international media, Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras casted his ballot in a referendum that has divided Greece.

The SYRIZA leader arrived at 10:30 am local time at the polling station of Kipseli, a middle-class neighborhood in the center of Athens, to cast his NO ballot rejecting a bailout agreement offered by Greece’s creditors.

The Greek PM who campaigned for the NO vote said that today is a celebration of democracy for Greece and Europe.

“The Greek people have the choice, many can reject a government’s will but nobody can reject the will of the people,” said Tsipras after casting his vote.

He noted that Greece has opened a path for European nations to follow and that democracy has overcome fear in search for solutions.

The Greek PM concluded that he wants Greece to stay in the EU and work and prosper together with the other nations as equal members of the union.


6 COMMENTS

  1. [Is Greek government making series mistakes?]

    According to the polls, No or Yes might be close and this is another deadlock. If the referendum was held one month age before Greek default, the result might be 75% NO, but currently Greeks fear by the banks closure. So the result could be a big distortion.

    The Deadlock is hugely hurting Greek economy, but the deadlock has not big impact to other EU countries. After the referendum how many days that banks in Greece could be reopened? This might be a more significant question. Bank closure is damaging Greek economy.

  2. If next Greek bailout plan needs to be passed by referendum or parliament of other 18 Eurozone countries (/or 27 EU countries); It could be another bigger deadlock. It is possible that 80% EU citizens would reject to provide any new loan to Greece.

    Current Greek government wants to write off debt (/debt restructure); of course 80% EU citizens are not happy, and it could conduct the loan condition to be severe. Greek strategy needs to be reconsidered.

    Government should concentrate on infrastructure construction; with promoting both manufacturing and service industries. In the 21st century world economy is being hurt by too many beautiful words of politicians.