Athens, August 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The president of right-wing main opposition party New Democracy Vangelis Meimarakis had a telephone conversation on Sunday with the prime minister, as part of the exploratory mandate he received from the President of the Republic. Tsipras told Meimarakis that there is no possibility of forming a government.
As such, during the day, the contacts of the president of ND were completed without results, as expected, and so the mandate will be returned to the President of the Republic to then be given to the third party, the “Popular Unity” of Panagiotis Lafazanis.
At 10:00 am Sunday, the president of ND phoned the prime minister, but it was not possible to speak with him and left a message. After about two hours, Tsipras called Meimarakis, but responded negatively to the call for a meeting in the framework of exploratory mandates.
According to the same information, the outgoing PM pointed to Meimarakis that there is no possibility of forming a government by this House and that is why himself handed to the President of the Republic the exploratory mandate.
Meanwhile, Tsipras explained to the president of ND that he deems it unnecessary to meet in the framework of exploratory mandates, but said he is willing to meet with Meimarakis outside this process if the president of the ND wishes.
In the last few days, Vangelis Meimarakis met with the head of “The River”, Stavros Theodorakis, the president of PASOK Fofi Genimmata and the head of the “Popular Unity” Panagiotis Lafazanis, while on Sunday afternoon he also had a meeting with the cc of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoubas.
The President of the New Democracy is expected to go the presidential palace the latest at 10:00 on Monday, when the deadline of the three-day mandate he received ends. So, Panagiotis Lafazanis will take the exploratory mandate on Monday.
According to sources from the environment of the president of ND, during the meetings with the party leaders Meimarakis mainly discussed possible coalition options after the polls, since early on he had realised that an agreement on his proposal for a new government from the same House is not possible.
Contacts with Samaras, Karamanlis
At the same time, on Saturday Meimarakis had contacts with former presidents of ND Antonis Samaras and Kostas Karamanlis. With Samaras he met in Parliament, while with Karamanlis he had a telephone conversation.
Meimarakis’ aim is for ND to go to elections orderly and with unity, something which he appears to be achieving. In this context, the party’s president continues his contacts – he already had a meeting with Dora Bakoyannis.