Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave his first interview following his resignation and spoke on his seven-month term at the country’s helm.
Tsipras resigned last Thursday following more than month of speculation as dissenters within his SYRIZA party kept growing over the adoption of a new bailout package. The official date of the snap elections has yet to be announced.
During an interview to Greek TV on Wednesday evening, Tsipras defended his negotiation tactics and efforts as well as his decision to introduce a third Greek bailout package, while arguing that a Grexit was not a strategic option for Greece but the option of the enemy and it would be a catastrophe for the country.
“I must admit that we had not estimated the extent of the conservative circles’ response in Europe while we overestimated the power of fairness and underestimated the power of money,” he said.
Tsipras outright rejected the possibility of allying with New Democracy following the elections in the event that he does not secure enough popular support to form a government. The Prime Minister also accused “To Potami” of belonging to the old political system and asked the Greek people to support him in forming a government without the need of a coalition.
The Prime Minister further revealed he had intended to resign immediately following his preliminary agreement with international creditors on July 12 but postponed this act because the bailout deal had not been finalized.
“I had made my decision to put the matter in the hands of the Greek people on July 12. I applied it on August 20 when the cycle completely closed and the country was financially stabilized,” he said.
Despite criticizing dissidents within his party for not supporting the bailout in the Greek parliament, Tsipras once again expressed his lack of faith in the new program he agreed to.
“I do not believe that the bailouts failed because they were not implemented but because they are a wrong recipe. It would be better if the Memorandum we signed is not implemented,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that his government will implement it because it does not have a choice, but it will also seek ways to exit the Memoranda regime.