Embattled Tsipras Looking to Avoid Snap Elections

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts, Pool, FILE)

ATHENS – Besieged on a number of fronts, Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras reportedly is hoping to hold on and stave off the need for snap elections until at least May, 2019, when local and European Parliament elections will be conducted.

Polls must be held by October, 2019 but Tsipras wants to halt more pension cuts set to kick on on Jan. 1 – as he agreed with the country’s international creditors – in hopes of stopping his long free fall in polls for reneging on anti-austerity promises, said Kathimerini.

Another key catalyst is the name deal the anti-nationalist Tsipras made to let the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) be called North Macedonia and open the door its entry into NATO and opening European Union accession, both blocked by Greek vetoes.

Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos oppose the deal and he said he will take his tiny party out of the government when it comes to a vote in Parliament.

That is being scheduled for March – despite a condition both sides have it wrapped up by Januarh, 2019 – so that Tsipras can try to implement some offsetting measures to austerity, along with stopping the pension cuts, but all that is dependent on approval from the country’s lenders, the Troika of the European Union-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-ECB-ESM) that put up a third bailout, for 86 billion euros ($98.07 billion) in 2015.

The Washington, D.C.-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), which took part in two first rescue packages of 240 billion euros ($273.69 billion) but stayed out of the third, being replaced by the ESM, must also concur.

Tsipras’ aides believe, the paper said, that it would take at least three months before benefits of new offsetting measures – if approved – would kick in, negating any chance elections would be held before May.

The Premier will face another obstacle in January when major opposition New Democracy is expected to ask for a vote of no confidence, after Tsipras survived one earlier this year with the backing of ANEL’s seven lawmakers, giving him a three-vote majority in Parliament.

While Kammenos said he would not back Tsipras if another vote of confidence measure is brought he has already essentially broken that promise by saying he wouldn’t bring down the government as polls show his party at 1 percent and unlikely to return to Parliament.
Kammenos has repeatedly barked defiance to SYRIZA policies only to vote for them.

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  1. Today … Mrs. Merkel of Germany announced she will withdraw from running for office.. after seeing her ruling party …suffer some major election losses…which reflects the discontent of the people of Germany….particularly, her immigration mandates she imposed not only on Germany…but the other EU countries!

    Mr. Tsipras…should do the same thing right now …and like Mrs . Merkel….refrain from being a candidate in any Snap elections …which should be immediately convened!

  2. Mr. Tsipras …needs to do what Mrs Merkel, of Germany has stated …announce she is removing herself from government …in understanding …. that the will of the people ….cannot continue to be ignored ! Importantly, she also announced ….that she would not participate …in any snap elections that may surface immediately!

    So Mr. Tsipras… do the honorable thing…announce that you will not be part of the government of Greece….and allow immediate Snap Elections …for candidates who will run on a ticket…which promises to do everything you were supposed to do …when you were elected! These include …closing all military bases of foreign nations in Greece …including U.S. bases, withdrawing from Nato…and exiting the EU! All these countries and alliances represent serious liabilities to the security and peace of the people of Greece!

    They are threats…in continuing a hostile and provocative foreign policy of government changes of independent countries of the world …including nuclear power Russia ..which has forced Russia …to begin preparation for war with Nato and America! The U.S and Nato…have withdrawn from Salt 2 agreement with Russia…which prohibits intermediary nuclear tipped missiles capable of reaching Russia from the Nato countries of Europe ….and in which …the pentagon is considering deploying them in some of the Nato countries!

    Additionally, U.S envoy Kay Hutchinson….has announced that the .U.S … is prepared to bomb…In Russia…facilities developing advanced missile technology! Furthermore…while Americans and Greeks are enjoying the alleged good life on pleasure island U.S.A…..Mrs ,Hutchinson …also… if you can believe this …just told Nuclear power Russia …who could end Pleasure Islands festival in one hour….that the United States is prepared …. to blockade commercial oil and gas naval vessels from Russia…to harm them economically! Now even the Glory to America Ahepan Masons…. can understand …what kind of lunatics are sitting in our Congress and Pentagon….you know ….the best that money can buy!

    So if Mr Tsipras…has his way….he will double down on making Greece….. a Nato target …by adding Naval bases for the Anglo American white supremacist with Nuclear armed Naval destroyers based in Greece!

    Therefore, making the people of Greece …. enemies of Russia , or whoever else …like China, Iran etc etc .. because they are enemies of these lunatics in our the U.S government!

    So Mr. Tsipras…get out of the way …and let the people of Greece …start running their country …not collaborators ..to foreign countries!

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