Greek Govt Counts its Losses After Getting Vote of Approval on Proposals



lafazanis_13Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is assessing his political damages after “losing” 17 coalition Ministers and MPs who voted against or abstained in the crucial parliament vote on the Greek proposals to international creditors.

It was no surprise that prominent extreme leftists in SYRIZA voted against or “present” when they had publicly announced prior to the vote that they do not approve the austerity measures that Tsipras proposed in order to achieve a new bailout agreement.

The party’s Left Platform rejected pension cuts, spending cuts and tax hikes, claiming that the Greek people had already rejected them in last week’s referendum.

Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, Deputy Labor Minister Dimitris Stratoulis as well as Parliament President Zoe Konstantopoulou, all called “present,” in effect abstaining from the vote and withholding their support to the government.

“The government is being totally blackmailed to acquiesce to something that does not reflect what it represents,” Konstantopoulou said and also refused to allow the plenary to vote before 12:01 am on Saturday, citing a parliament regulation that does not allow a plenary vote on a subject the same day it was approved by the appropriate committees.

Five more SYRIZA lawmakers voted “present” while two others voted “no.” Seven other party MPs were absent, and in essence showed they disapprove the proposal. Among the absent MPs was former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis who went to his holiday home on the island of Aegina claiming “family obligations.”

Five Left Platform members signed a letter saying it would be better to return to the drachma than return to austerity with no debt writeoff.

At the same time, several SYRIZA MPs stated that they may have voted in favor of the proposal but they did so heavy-hearted.

Analysts expect major developments after European partners and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) grant Greece a bailout package. It is uncertain if Tsipras will get his party’s approval when the new bailout agreement measures come to parliament to become laws. It is also uncertain how he would react to his party’s “defectors.” Will there be a major cabinet reshuffle? Or an expulsion of certain party “rebels”? Or will Tsipras call for snap elections?

All these questions will be answered after the government secures a deal. Tsipras said: “What matters now is the positive outcome in the negotiations. Everything else will be dealt with in time.”


5 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s time that the army stepped in, and did a Coup.
    And end this circus, once and for all!!
    The armed forces are the only body left that can act in the interest of the people.
    All those politicians that have caused this tragedy need to be tried!

  2. With all the finger pointing, passing the buck, endless summits, political resignations, party fracturing, change in governments, coalition formations and referendums, this issue has become the proverbial hot potato that is now being passed around at an alarming rate. It is interesting that none of the principal actors playing out, in what amounts to the mother of all Greek dramas, want to go down in history as the individual responsible for actually triggering the return of the Greek Drachma. Fearing the prospect of a major catastrophic fallout from such outcome, exposes them hugely to the risk of being prominently held under the global spotlight, as the villain who sent Greece into the abyss. A more high staked Greek dilemma you couldn’t get. Irrespective of their political persuasion or principled position, no leading politician wants their name cast into the annals of history in perpetual infamy. What you have here are all the essential ingredients to compose the ultimate modern Greek drama. Any budding playwrights out there?……………

  3. As much as I can’t stand Tsipiras I doubt he will disappear any time soon. I know the leftist mindset too well. Tsipiras understands it too. Make his voters feel like they are victims, He makes promises he can’t keep and when when constantly fails to keep them he blames it on a cabal of :”capitalists” or tries to spin loses as part of his glorious plan.

    This is exactly how leaders and places in North Korea and Cuba stayed in power even though their Marxist leaders clearly harmed the economy of their nations. This is how leaders in middle east theocracies stay in power. Blame all the internal economic problems on foreign boogieman rather than look in the mirror..

  4. North Korea and Cuba are communists that use the military and secret police to subvert opposition. Tsipras has neither at his disposal. He is empowered by a shared Ideology and Trust of the Left at a time when the former two ruling parties have run out of steam and ideas. If he breaks any of the two criteria it spells the beginning of the end for his administration . No matter how well he tries to dance around the issue once the bonds of ideology and trust are parted they cannot be mended. That is a given value/fault of the Left. On the other hand no matter how badly the previous administration behaved, how indifferent to the effects of austerity and their unwillingness to mitigate some relief there are some here in this forum that continue to support ND no matter the consequences.

  5. False promises to win the elections same as every Greek party has done in the past. How can someone trust corrupt politicians? Europe does not trust any Greek politician. They looted the country’s wealth and bankrupt its economy and the poor hard working abide citizens have to pay for their crimes. Shame on them all.