Vassilis Leventis, leader of the Centrists Union, has been a cult figure in Greek politics for the past 30 years. However, amid his so-called prophecies, denouncements and accusations against the political establishment, he spoke many truths that were very hard to stomach by the complacent political establishment. Yet, in this election Greek people are about to reward him by putting him in parliament.
“The Centrists Union never stops to denounce the wrongs of Greece’s political and economic life and warn against any adverse developments that harm the country and its citizens. However, the positions and the party’s leading proposals is the catalyst that can bring new life to the society and cause a radical restart that will grip the general functioning of the state and set the moral foundations for a system of law meritocracy, dignity and transparency,” reads the mission statement of the party.
Leventis’ denouncements and prophetic statements have often been proven true. Political scandals, election results, politicians’ moves and political events have been “prophesied” by Leventis. This explains why from a cult figure on late-night, small-channel TV personality he will become a member of parliament. And why he got 110,000 votes in the January election.
According to Leventis, the Centrists Union party is the continuation of the once mighty Centrists Union party of late George Papandreou, father of PASOK founder Andreas Papandreou. It was established officially in 1992 by President Vassilis Leventis and is one of the longest standing parties of post-dictatorship Greece, with continuous participation in all elections since then.
“Our ideological principles derive from the traditional aspect of the Center that sets man as its foundation and creates a reality based on pluralism, diversity, tolerance, justice, law equality, meritocracy and the absolute equality of all before the law and its institutions. Our great weapon is the realistic depiction of everyday life, logic and objectivity, based on which we judge, control, decide and legislate.” the official party description reads.
With Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, as inspiration, the Centrists Union envisions Greece led by great politicians who sacrificed their well-being, their lives even, for the good of the country and its people, unafraid of fighting the oligarchy.