Greek Government Resigns; PM Tsipras Calls Snap Elections Asking for a Fresh People’s Mandate



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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced early elections on September 20 asking Greek people to give SYRIZA a fresh mandate for a “free, democratic and socially just Greece.”

In his 14-minute speech Tsipras reviewed and praised the Greek government’s work in securing a new bailout agreement that saved Greece from bankruptcy. He said the agreement was the result of the determination of the Greek people and that 23 billion euros have already been disbursed for the recovery of Greek economy and bank recapitalization. He also criticized the SYRIZA dissidents for wanting a rift with Europe and return to the drachma.

“We didn’t achieve the deal we were hoping for, we had to make concessions, we were forced to by the circumstances. It was the best agreement we could make and now we must fulfill our duty,” he said.

“We won many things in negotiations and we managed to avert several illogical demands in labor market laws or pension cuts. We said no to mass layoffs in the public sector, we rehired the cleaners and school guards, we said no to the 5-euro hospital admission. We managed to avoid fiscal demands of 20 million euros. Also, it is agreed to negotiate Greek debt relief,” he continued.

“It is my political and moral obligation to ask you, the Greek people, to decide how we will move from now on. You will judge, through your vote, if we fared right with creditors, you will judge if we can implement the new reforms. You will decide who will proceed with the changes and reforms the country needs,” Tsipras stated.

“You will judge the stance of those who claim ideological consistency and righteousness and want us to have bailout agreements but with the drachma as national currency. Those who turned a majority leftist government into a minority government,” he further stated.

“During these months we made Greece a global concern, we sent the message that austerity in Europe is not the right strategy. We are protagonists in the future of Europe. I asked the European Council to be part of the bailout program review, to be ever present in Greece and monitor the progress of reforms,” he said.

“Now we have many fights to give, against corruption and injustice, against tax evasion and bureaucracy. All these require a fresh people’s mandate,” he continued.

“I will ask the Greek people to vote for us to govern for a free, democratic socially just Greece. We will not give up our values to no one. The best days are ahead of us. I invite you to fight with us to keep democracy and Greece in our hands,” he concluded.

Tsipras then went to the Presidential Mansion to submit his resignation to President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The elections day was decided during a meeting in parliament between the cabinet and key SYRIZA lawmakers. It was stressed that the election campaign period should be short.

The idea that elections should be held immediately was supported by key cabinet members such as Energy Minister Panos Skourletis Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos and Eurpean MP Dimitris Papadimoulis.

The SYRIZA Political Secretariat will meet on Friday at 2 pm.


26 COMMENTS

  1. So now begins the beauty pageant of political hopefuls Meimarakis and Theodorakis to name two aspiring PMs. All will be vying for media attention with wild claims, charges and promises. Meanwhile the bankers and Eurocrats will play their little game of panicking the ill informed and threatening to call in loans or extort MP votes to keep the boy-despot in power. Sadly Alexis has gone to the well too many times for support the last being the ill fated referendum. The well is now almost as empty as his promises. As people learn of the new punitive “reforms” they will be giving MPs an earful and probably much more if they can get a hold of them. The only thing that Tsipras has been consistent is he has been steadfastly inconsistent on policy. Burdened with the moniker of Traitor by so many in his own party he will be lucky to survive the vote.

  2. In light of junckers recent comments

    ““Swift elections in Greece can be a way to broaden support for ESM stability support program just signed by PM Tsipras on behalf of Greece,” he wrote on Twitter.

    It is quite likely that a Tsipras resignation and snap elections in September were an undisclosed condition of the bailout agreement just signed. I have been hearing rumors of this exact scenario happening since sometime in late June, and before the referendum.

  3. What does Olga Gerova-silly say now?
    Somebody please help her by telling her what to say and not make her look any more foolish than she already is. She suffered so much since she became the government spokesperson and needs direction what to do …..like move to Germany.

  4. Tsipras is embarrassing. After failing to accomplish anything at the negotiations of any substance, he turns around and wants to then clean up Greece internally with tough policies. After selling Greek national assets, which is what he criticised the previous government over when he was in opposition, he then turns around and says he is preserving Greece. He asks Greeks to fulfil their duty and obey the demands which are crippling Greece, when he himself could not fulfil any other duty other than kiss EU butt. That has been his duty, and his call to fame. Embarrassing.

  5. The most significant thing he did was get the imf to acknowledge that a debt haircut is needed.

  6. Has any Greek government in power ever been able to sufficiently tackle tax evasion, corruption, and nepotism? If not, then another election is nothing more than another exercise of political clientelism…

  7. “We said no to mass layoffs in the public sector” … what the? so he wants a bigger public sector ie more corruption and lazy public servants. My goodness, the man cannot be trusted. I can guarantee, as long as he is in power, the economy will NOT grow – he is incapable of running the country. I believe his incompetence stems from his university days. He will try to scaremonger, call all his opponents fascists, nazis and racists, say that without him, the country will revert to the drachma etc, blame the EU and the previous administration for his failings. In all likelihood, people will believe his lies and he will be re-elected – i suspect it will be a VERY close election with the two front runners being Syriza and ND. People will vote for Tsipras not because he is a moron and lies continuously to keep his job, but because the elections are a popularity contest and he is the younger candidate. I expect next year the greek economy to continue with lower/negative growth, greece to continue to be swamped with illegal muslim immigrants and Tsipas to blame everyone but himself.

  8. Well done mr. Chrysopoulos. You reported the event and avoided your tendency to place your bias into the article. I hope this was not too difficult, because that is what a true reporter does, they report. Keep up the good work.

  9. Isn’t that standard EU operating policy? Keep holding elections until you get the result Brussels wants. The other policy is, of course, deposing elected leaders in favor of appointed technocrats who move at the speed of molasses to enforce policies that fail, pretty much everywhere.

  10. “you will judge if we can implement the new reform”

    they already judged to being betrayed, twice

    the people will indeed be heard for the 3rd time now

    four weeks short notice for the Syriza dissidents to form the anti-austerity party that the people voted for, twice

    four weeks will also not provide enough time to illustrate the effects of even harsher reforms

  11. Has any Greek government tried? It’s my outsider perception that each government uses the clientelism system in place to help its members and their dependents get ahead vis a vis their rivals.

    I’m all for reforming the heck out of all sorts of things in Greece but you can’t do that as the same time as austerity.

    Small sample. Successive deadbeat Greek governments have not even allowed non-resident citizens to vote despite it being mandated in the constitution. That would have a big effect on elections which is why no government wants it (and none does it).

  12. “Dehellenization”, reminds me of Henry Kissinger’s plans for Greece.

    “The Greek people are anarchic and difficult to tame. For this reason we must strike deep into their cultural roots: Perhaps then we can force them to conform. I mean, of course, to strike at their language, their religion, their cultural and historical reserves, so that we can neutralize their ability to develop, to distinguish themselves, or to prevail; thereby removing them as an obstacle to our strategically vital plans in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.” – US Secretary of State, the Jewish American Henry Kissinger addressing a group of Washington, D.C. businessmen in Sept.1974, as reported in the popular Greek magazine, Oikonomikos Tachydromos on 14 Aug. 1997)

  13. Ummm, I live in Greece and I have asked many people but no one knows…who is actually PM right now? I have no idea who our leader is…..

  14. I disagree with people who says Tsipras did nothing. He made my bill at the grocery store much higher and let’s not even get into taxes…..

  15. Golden Dawn sounds fresh after reading such comments and putting the global plans of the world powers in perspective.

  16. They can’t organise a piss-up in a brewery and you expect to vote from abroad? The election would take one week…

  17. Well the idea is that Greeks living abroad are more liable to consider issues beyond immediate clientelism (which is why no political party wants that).