Greek Elections: Leading Parties Ambivalent About Possible Coalitions



Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras shakes hands with leader of main opposition New Democracy conservative party Evangelos Meimarakis after delivering his speech during a parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, July 10, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to his party's lawmakers on Friday to back a tough reforms package after abruptly offering last-minute concessions to try to save the country from financial meltdown.            REUTERS/Alkis KonstantinidisGreek parties continue their election campaigns as polls show that SYRIZA and New Democracy are very close, while SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras claims he will not cooperate with his rival if he doesn’t get clear majority.

Former prime minister Tsipras spoke to potential voters in the Egaleo neighborhood in Athens saying that “there’s no way” he will form a coalition with New Democracy because the conservative party with its neo-liberal ideas represents the old political establishment which is mired in corruption.

Tsipras said the same earlier, during a Kontra television interview. However, he said that he might cooperate with PASOK under the condition the party “gets rid of bobs,” implying previous PASOK chief, Evangelos Venizelos, whom he describes as more neo-liberal than former ND leader Antonis Samaras.

Departing government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili was enigmatic by stating that “SYRIZA will cooperate only with parties that consider memoranda are catastrophic.” She further said that SYRIZA needs to get a clear majority because Greece needs a stable government.

ND leader Vangelis Meimarakis, on the other hand, said he is open to a broad alliance and a government that will complete the four-year term because now is time for national unity in order to get Greece out of the economic crisis.

Speaking at a gathering of potential voters in Chania, Crete, Meimarakis attacked Tsipras by listing all campaign promises Tsipras had made and never kept. He stressed that the previous SYRIZA-ANEL government pushed Greece further into recession by destroying the economy through closed banks and capital controls in the seven months they ruled.

To Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis said on national broadcaster ERT that Tsipras and Meimarakis are not clear as to who they are going to appoint in ministerial positions if elected. He stressed that only people with administrative skills and a proven work record must be appointed and stressed that SYRIZA had appointed an actor as social security deputy minister.

Nevertheless, there was one thing that all parties agreed on, which is the date of the debate between all party leaders. The debate between party leaders will take place on September 9 at the studios of ERT. On September 14 there will be another debate between the leaders of SYRIZA and New Democracy


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