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ATHENS – With his PASOK Socialists fading toward oblivion, party leader Evangelos Venizelos said Greece will need a coalition government after the Jan. 25 elections because no party can win a majority.

Venizelos, who serves as Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister in Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras’ Administration, has made it clear he’d like to be part of any coalition that could result from the elections so he can stay in power.

He is dissolving PASOK, a once-dominant power that won the 2009 elections with 44 percent of the vote but has hit rock bottom with about 3.5 percent now because he backed austerity measures so he could be part of Samaras’ government.

He said that Greece needs to have a guarantor on Jan.. 26 which will lead to the formation of a national unity government, according to the Athens News Agency.

Initiating his tours of the Attica region, Venizelos spoke at the municipal theater of Kallithea, in southern Athens.
He said:”What will happen on January 26 will be determined by the people. There will be no majority; we cannot go to a second round of elections, we cannot be without a government, there has to be a national strategy, there has to be a guarantor … to lead to a national unity government that will implement a safe exit from the memorandum and the crisis. This (guarantor) can only be PASOK.”
If PASOK reaches the 3 percent threshold to win seats in Parliament, Venizelos wants to keep himself in a position of prominence or he and the party would become irrelevant back benchers.
He offered what he said could be a plan for governing but didn’t say why he didn’t propose it until now.
“What we’re proposing is not a technocratic platform, but a national reform plan for the next decade. This is a comprehensive strategy for the country which we have, we propose and we can guarantee,” he said, without describing what it is.
He said only PASOK embodies all the principles needed to govern Greece and that it’s the democratic progressive force, although some 97 percent of voters disagree so far.
Venizelos had said he wouldn’t work with the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) that is leading in the polls but now says he would.

The post Venizelos Says PASOK Greece’s Savior appeared first on The National Herald.

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