German party Die Linke on Friday expressed its support for outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, saying that his decision to resign and call elections despite his wide popularity shows how deeply foreign lenders are affecting Greece’s national sovereignty.
“Alexis Tsipras enjoys an unceasing confidence and the strongest support of the Greek people, which is matched by no other Prime Minister in the Eurozone. The fact that he nevertheless announced his resignation and called elections for September 20, shows how far reaching the involvement of Greece’s lenders in its sovereignty really is: under the blackmailing demands of the institutions, SYRIZA cannot fulfill its mandate to govern,” party leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger and parliamentary group leader Gregor Gysi told ANA-MPA in a joint statement.
The party also said, under the circumstances, Tsipras’ resignation was a logical step. “A prime minister without his own majority in parliament would not only constantly depend on the votes of the parties which are primarily responsible for the situation in Greece, but he would also have a weakened position in the negotiations with the institutions on debt relief.”