ATHENS – Former Democratic Left (DIMAR) Member of Parliament Spyros Lykoudis is going to create a new “political initiative” he said could unify the country’s fractured left.
Lykoudis left DIMAR in disagreement with its leader, Fotis Kouvelis, under whose guidance the party has fallen to 0.5 percent in the polls, not enough to meet the 3 percent threshold needed to be in the next Parliament.
Lykoudis, now an independent lawmaker, said he would like to be the creator of a “grand strategy” for Greece’s moderate Leftists, already divided between DIMAR, the new Elia (Olive Tree) and PASOK Socialists who are the coalition partners in the government led by Prime Minister and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras.
Lykoudis said he would vote for the vote for the government’s candidate for President if he liked the choice. The major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is trying to block the election and force early national elections before the next scheduled date in 2016 as it’s leading in polls.