Theodorakis: Polls with a new electoral law, after the country is stabilized

Theodorakis: Polls with a new electoral law, after the country is stabilized

Athens, July 22, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“The risk for the country has not passed”, said the head of the opposition party The River and underlined that there is need for accountability from the MPs and opposed talks of elections at this stage, arguing that the country can’t withstand a new election process.

He also said “NO” to any more memoranda without major changes, without reforms.

Stavros Theodorakis opposed the choice of Zoe Konstantopoulou remaining House Speaker, stressing that “it is unthinkable for ministers to call and ask to do something about the House Speaker”, adding that “Ms. Konstantopoulou has already lost consensus”.

He also said that he does not even “see” elections soon, expressing the view that Alexis Tsipras can’t go to elections, before SYRIZA votes for the new agreement, adding that what is heard is that “first the Left Memorandum must be tabled to the House, voted, and then maybe go to elections. This is what it is talked about, but our view is that there is no hurry for elections, let not combine it with this”.

“We have our own government proposal, which will become clearer as we approach the elections. The River came to govern, it is not the spare part of the political system. The River has its own government proposal”, Theodorakis said, sending messages to both the government and opposition parties.

The head of The River criticized the government, even saying that “the last government is an insult to the efforts made by the country”.

Just because we tolerate the government does not mean we will forgive crimes, referring to the «Plan B» and the attempt, as he said, by some, to throw the country off the cliff.

“The country’s exit from the euro zone has the support of people like Schauble and has supporters and in Greece”, he added.

He also argued that there must be a bold discussion, to take responsibility for government entities from a broader political space, while also referred to the choices in the new cabinet as bad.

“We urge the prime minister to choose how to govern the country. We recommend a small cabinet and a short list of targets; he has the initiative”, he said.

“The elected prime minister must rule, we have not said that someone else must come”, he added, commenting on the statements of Tsipras that he will not become another Papademos.

Theodorakis even wanted to make it clear that in The River “we put aside differences, ‘leave the thorns on the edge’, we work for as long as necessary to stabilize the country and immediately after we arrange to go to an electoral process. This is important, the stabilization of the economy. The country is still ablaze”.

He clarified, however, that “we will not support the decisions of a government that does not have a majority. We will only support measures that keep us in the EU”.

At the same time, he commented that the Prime Minister can’t say to the people that this program will fail. “He can’t ask the people to serve something that will fail” and added that “Mr. Tsipras, instead of saying that the program will fail, he should do everything possible to improve it”.

Regarding the changes in the election law, he said he will propose to the parties to be submitted and voted on in September, so as to be used for the new election procedure.

“The electoral system must include a 3% threshold for entering the House, while the 50-seat bonus of the first party must be abolished”, he said and added that “there is no reason to stay in an electoral law that deprives the country of great alliances”.

Stavros Theodorakis filed seven motions just before the crucial vote Wednesday in “an attempt to remedy the concern that exists in Greek public opinion.”

The seven proposals are:

  1. To avoid the elections until the full stabilisation of the country.
  2. The President of Parliament to change, since she does not enjoy anymore even the trust of a small portion of the Parliament.
  3. To stop the government’s unilateral actions to the State and Education.
  4. Mr. Tsipras to make public the roadmap of government and parliamentary activity until October.
  5. To shed plenty of light and information on the plan to go to the drachma, which had been examined by government officials. To tell what contacts they had with third countries and what did they ask for?
  6. To develop in August a plan of action for SMEs and exports.
  7. To openly discuss the new electoral law with a view to abolish the absurd bonus of 50 seats for the first party.