Syriza election strategy sailing on two boats

Syriza election strategy sailing on two boats

Athens, September 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Zacharias Petrou

Speaking during a press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Monday afternoon, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras reiterated his wish to attain an absolute majority in the next parliament following the September 20 election.

However, the former Prime Minister added that if Syriza doesn’t win outright, “Greece will be governed because nobody will take the responsibility of leaving the country ungoverned.”

Tsipras has been heavily criticized for campaigning for an outright majority and turning down overtures by other parties to form a coalition government consisting of as many pro-European parties as possible. In fact the only party Alexis Tsipras seems open to collaborating with is the Independent Greeks party (ANEL) led by Panos Kammenos which will struggle to be in the next parliament according to latest opinion polls.

The Syriza leader also stressed that the notion that Syriza and New Democracy must form a governing coalition to avoid political chaos is an artificial dilemma and that he was better equipped to strike better agreements in the issues left open for negotiation in the country’s new bailout.

How open to cooperation both Tsipras and New Democracy party leader Vangelis Meimarakis are has developed into a central issue in the run-up to the election thus far.

Vangelis Meimarakis told Bloomberg TV in an interview that he will invite Alexis Tsipras to form a coalition to safeguard Greece’s place in the euro area, no matter the outcome of the vote.

“I believe in consensus and cooperation,” Meimarakis said, adding that “even if Tsipras wins the election, which he will not, he will face similar internal dissent problems each time he brings a law implementing the bailout agreement.”

“The danger of Grexit hasn’t passed, and if we end up in an unstable situation, this danger will become more imminent” the New Democracy leader stressed.

Whichever of the two parties prevails on Sept. 20, it is expected to seek a coalition with To Potami or Pasok, or both. Tsipras has seemed more open lately to cooperating with the two parties albeit conditionally.