Kouvelis lashes out at ex-partners, seeks new allies

Kouvelis lashes out at ex-partners, seeks new allies

 

A week after his party pulled out of the ruling coalition following a dispute over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s unilateral decision to close down state broadcaster ERT, Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis lashed out at his former partners in government and appealed to the broader center-left to bolster his beleaguered party.

In a speech to his party’s central committee on Saturday, Kouvelis called on “reformist, progressive, ecological, leftist and democratic forces” to come together in an alliance that would seek a “democratic and just Greece.” He rebuffed speculation about his party cooperating with the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, which he accused of following “dead-end policies” that would not help the country emerge from a protracted economic crisis.