Syriza opens fire against Gennimata over electoral law

Syriza opens fire against Gennimata over electoral law

Athens, July 13, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The leader of the Democratic Coalition and PASOK, Fofi Gennimata, has opted to play hide and seek, Syriza stresses following the proposal tabled by the socialist party leader to “freeze” the voting process of the electoral law. Syriza asks if “she will side with the conservative forces and Mr. Mitsotakis or support the long-standing demand of the progressive forces for simple proportional representation”.

In particular, in a comment issued on the statements by Gennimata on the electoral law, the Syriza press office mentions:

“After turning 180 degrees on the issue of the electoral law and the rejection of the proposal for proportional representation, Ms. Gennimata is now proposing to freeze the voting process of the law. On such a critical issue, the head of the Democratic coalition and PASOK selects to hide and seek. The question though is simple: will she side with the conservative forces and Mr. Mitsotakis or will she support the long-standing demand of the progressive forces for a system of simple proportionality”?

Earlier Fofi Gennimata issued a written statement, in which she reiterated that PASOK will not vote the legislation in part and accused Syriza and New Democracy that they are attempting to score party gains and are not seeking national consultation which is in the interests of the country.

“They continue on the issue of the electoral law too to play their bipartisan game. Against the demand of the pill for national consultation. We clarify once again. The haphazard choices and extortion Mr. Tsipras is attempting will not pass. As for Mr. Mitsotakis he will find us against him in any attempt to bring back the predatory 50-seat bonus”.

“We reiterate the challenge-call for freezing the voting process of this law and for dialogue to begin based on a comprehensive proposal we have already formulated. In any case, we are not going to vote fragments of legislation no matter where it comes from. The dilemmas are real, but they concern Tsipras and Mitsotakis. The games end here” the statement stresses.