ATHENS – Looking as if he will lose the critical Jan. 25 elections, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras is set to give a national address at 4 p.m. on Jan. 22.
Samaras is reaching out to undecideds and supporters of other parties appealing that he can continue a looming recovery and bring political stability although polls show the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) that opposed the austerity he implemented has a growing lead.
In a campaign speech late Jan. 21 in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Samaras said his conservative party was ready to seal all pending deals with the country’s foreign creditors and warned against the prospect of a leftist victory.
“SYRIZA’s policies will lead the country to a euro exit and to new bailout deals,” Samaras said.
He appealed to “all Greeks, beyond party affiliations, to people from the moderate center ground, the center left, decent hardworking people who don’t want to see Greece go to pieces,” Kathimerini reported.
He said that people shouldn’t vote for a small, marginal party. “One vote could determine whether on Monday a pro-European government will be formed with New Democracy at its core or whether SYRIZA will be left without allies, grappling with its factions.”
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, whose agency along with the European Union and European Central Bank makes up the EU-IMF-ECB Troika that put up 240 billion euros ($306 billion) in two bailouts but demanded austeritiy, ruled out the prospect of a haircut for Greek debt. She added that a Greek euro exit was out of the question, describing such a scenario as “devastating.”