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PASOK Leader Repeats: Will Not Join Coalition With New Democracy

ATHENS – It seems moot given the prospects of an all-out New Democracy victory in a second round of elections June 25, but PASOK-KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis again said he wouldn’t take part in a coalition if it’s needed to form a government.

Androulakis, still stinging from the National Intelligence Service EYP having bugged his phone and and attempt made by someone to install Predator spyware on it it, said he won’t go along with a coalition “even if two or three seats are needed to form a government.”

“Our goal is to become a majority force in the progressive area,” the center-left party leader told ANT1 news, ripping New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who’s favored to return to single-party rule after routing the major rival SYRIZA.

Androulakis finished third with 11.46 percent of the vote compared to 40.79 percent for New Democracy and only 20.07 percent for SYRIZA, showing the far-and-center left is still divided.

He said PASOK-KINAL is a force to be reckoned with despite its relatively minor status and not having a real voice in Parliament and pointed out how his party supported issues that SYRIZA rejected, like extending an anti-refugee wall on the Turkish border and mutual defense pact with France.

“Mr. Mitsotakis has created an insulting narrative for our party, that I should be in coalition with (left-wing MeRA25 leader Yanis) Varoufakis,” Androulakis said of a tiny party that failed to get back into Parliament.

“We never played the country at dice, we paid for it,” he said, adding that There was no chance of a coalition with forces that would gamble with the country’s position in the European Union,” in another shot at Mitsotakis.

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