ATHENS – For yet another time, Greece’s new coalition government led by the Radical Left SYRIZA party elected in January says there won’t be early elections.’
Under siege from international lenders and voters alike for delivering mixed messages about whether he would seek relief from debt and austerity, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he’s not going anywhere for now.
He won on the back of promises to bring relief to Greeks but has essentially caved in to the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) while saying he hasn’t, setting up a contretemps he hasn’t solved.
He’s also under pressure from those he beat, the New Democracy Conservatives of former Premier Antonis Samaras, and the once-dominant PASOK Socialists who have faded into irrelevance and oblivion.
“Once again election scenarios have surfaced. The best answer to those is the popular mandate the government enjoys,” a Greek government official told Reuters.
“We continue to seek a mutually beneficial solution (with our lenders), respecting the people’s mandate,” the official said without explaining what that meant.
German newspaper Bild reported earlier on April 13 that some in the Greek government were looking at new elections without identifying sources either.