ATHENS – Major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras said that his party would not accept any deals the government has made with international lenders if he comes to power.
Tsipras, with his party taking a growing lead in polls over the ruling New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, repeated his call for early elections again, which have been rejected.
SYRIZA can force early national elections before the nest scheduled polls in 2016 if the party gets enough support to block the election of the ruling parties’ candidate for Greek President in February, 2015.
That requires 180 votes in the 300-member Parliament and New Democracy has only 127 while its partner the PASOK Socialists has 28, leaving them 55 votes short. Failure to elect a President would trigger national elections.
Addressing his party’s parliamentary group, Tsipras said that the government’s understanding of negotiations is to make “concessions to domestic interests and the German leadership.”
“A SYRIZA government will accept neither the prior actions nor the actions which are being presented as fait accompli,” he said adding that the government would last until February.
Tsipras had said that he would seek to revise the harsh austerity terms of 240 billion euros ($306 billion) in two bailouts from the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) or walk away from the memorandum, leaving Greece broke and likely unable to borrow from the markets as well.
He hasn’t given details on how he would rule other than to say he would improve the bureaucracy, cut corruption and go after tax evaders, but he also wants to restore pay cuts, cut increased taxes, rehire fired workers and bring pensions back to pre-austerity levels.
Samaras and PASOK imposed those Draconian conditions on Greeks after their parties hired hundreds of thousands of needless workers for generations, creating the country’s crushing economic crisis they were then charged with fixing.