18 Ιανουαρίου 2014

SYRIZA to block new president in a bid to force elections in 2015

ekathimerini.com , Friday Jan 17, 2014 

The possibility of Greece holding snap general elections by early next year grew on Friday after SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras made it clear in Parliament that his party would oppose any candidate put forward by the government to take over from President Karolos Papoulias when his second five-year term expires in early February 2015. 

“Understand this: The next president of the republic will be elected by a parliament in which SYRIZA and the forces that are fighting against the [EU-IMF] memorandum and destructive policies will have the majority,” said Tsipras.

This suggests the leftists would not be willing to support any candidate put forward by the coalition, even one that is respected by the left. Given that the government could definitely not count on the backing of the Communist Party and Golden Dawn, if SYRIZA and Independent Greeks were to vote against the candidate, he or she would not receive the three-fifths majority (200) seats needed in the first two rounds of voting and would struggle to get the 180 votes required in the third and final ballot.

Failure to elect a new president would trigger national elections. The government was hoping that SYRIZA and other opposition parties would not reject a candidate with universal appeal. Composer Mikis Theodorakis recently rebuffed an overture by PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos for him to consider the position...

Source 
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_17/01/2014_536300

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