Alexis Tsipras faces tough battle to maintain control of SYRIZA

Alexis Tsipras faces tough battle to maintain control of SYRIZA

Athens, July 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

From the House to the Central Committee and the battle of the Congress with all possibilities open

Faced with his own party is Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Despite his apparent control of the majority of the Parliamentary Group, the big question is what happens within the party and within the party organs where the different view of the agreement with the lenders is expressed very strongly.

Tsipras will have to take immediate action, both at government level and at the level of the parliamentary group and the party.

The Prime Minister has stressed that deletions from the party are not in the culture, however, it cannot go unnoticed that he lost 39 MPs from 149. As a result, only 110 MPs supported the agreement SYRIZA brought. Immediately after the vote Gabriel Sakellaridis left all options open, saying: “The House took the first major step for the deal by voting the difficult measures. The result of the vote, however, constitutes a serious division in the unity of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA. Thirty-two MPs have decided not to support the government of the left, voting against its choice to avoid the risk of bankruptcy. A key priority of the prime minister and the government is the successful completion of the Agreement, in the following says”.

Reportedly, the Central Committee will convene, in which Alexis Tsipras will be face with new correlations.

The party has embarked on a collision course, as the forthcoming Central Committee meeting at the request of 109 members of a total of 201 will be unpredictable.

Indeed the 109 members – who form a majority – do not just ask sitting, but take clear stand against the choice of Alexis Tsipras and emphasize that: “we understand the suffocating pressures on the Greek side, however we believe that the proud NO of the people to the referendum does not allow the government to succumb to the blackmail ultimatums of the lenders. This agreement is not compatible with the ideas and principles of the Left, but above all, the needs of the people. This proposal cannot be accepted by the people and the members of SYRIZA. We request an immediate convening of the Central Committee and invite members and MPs of SYRIZA to safeguard the unity of the party, on the basis of the conference decisions and our programmatic commitments”.

As things stand, all eventualities, even the resignation of the government, are open. On the Left Platform they believe that the prime minister and the government violated the party’s program and that the dissidents followed the decisions of the Central Committee, while the 109 signatures show a loss of the majority of the forces that support the prime minister. Of course this is not yet clear as the background will be intense.

The CC might decide to conduct the Permanent Congress, which may be called directly with the composition of the previous Congress. The convening of the Permanent Congress could be requested by the CC or members of organizations representing 1/4 of the members of SYRIZA or directly 15% of its members.

According to the statute of the party, the Central Committee is the highest political body. It is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Congress and is responsible for the management of the party. It elects the Political Secretariat, the Secretary and organs, as it deems necessary for the operation and activities of the party.

Indeed, according to Article 14 of the Statute of SYRIZA “The president of SYRIZA represents the party publicly and is the president of the Parliamentary Group, if he/she is an elected MP. If the party president is not an MP, the Parliamentary Group elects its president. This decision of the PG needs the ratification of the Central Committee.

The president works within the framework of the decisions of the Central Committee. If the Central Committee withdraws its confidence, of 50% + 1 of its members, to the President, an extraordinary Congress is convened.