Tsipras Wants Debt Negotiated

ATHENS – As the election process for a president of the Hellenic Republic continues, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said that if elected as Prime Minister, he would negotiate debt relief with Greece’s lenders but that he remains committed to keeping Greece in the euro, Reuters reported.

“Regarding the debt and the loan agreement which we will renegotiate,” he told Reuters,  “we have no intention to make unilateral moves unless they force us to make unilateral moves although I believe that no one will force us to make unilateral moves because no one will benefit from such a development, in the heart of Europe.”

“We want an agreed solution,” he said, and to the extent that he would cooperate with the current government coalition, led by incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy Party, Tsipras said such consensus would be more effective following national elections.

The election for president is more a portend of Greece’s political parties’ standing than it is of real power, as the title is mostly symbolic. The real authority wrests with the Prime Minister and Parliament, and if elections were held today, SYRIZA is favored to win.