ATHENS – The fast-falling To Potami centrist party, that started with so much promise and fanfare, has now lost former New Democracy minister Haris Theoharis, who quit but will stay in Parliament as an Independent.
Theoharis had been General Secretary for Public Revenues but said he was forced out by then New Democracy leader and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for going after high-level tax cheats who were being protected. He never named any.
In a letter to Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis, Theoharis said that he had become disillusioned with the party and felt that it is not providing the voters that supported it with “something new.”
He also accused Theodorakis, a former TV presenter who started the party around a cadre of intellectuals and academics but failed to find a focus, of aligning himself too closely with the ruling SYRIZA-led coalition as well as New Democracy and PASOK, parties that Theodorakis had blistered openly.
“I leave Potami’s parliamentary group feeling that what divides us is more than what unites us,” said Theoharis in his letter, Kathimerni said. His departure leaves the centrists with 10 seats in Parliament and essentially irrelevant.