ATHENS – Greece’s elections aren’t coming until spring – most likely April – but the major opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance wants then right away despite still some 5.6 percent behind in a recent survey.
The Leftists spokeswoman, Popi Tsapanidou, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shouldn’t leave the date in limbo as SYRIZA is trying to keep alive a phone bugging scandal he’s tried to bury.
Speaking to Mega TV, Tsapanidou also said that Mitsotakis’ government “must provide answers as to the existence of wiretapping products and as to who owns them and who can use them.”
Until the elections, SYRIZA said it won’t take part in Parliament, except over a government amendment to ban convicted neo-Nazis from running after Golden Dawn’s former spokesman set up a far-right party from his jail cell.
SYRIZA said it no longer recognizes the government and has demanded the dissolution of Parliament and immediate snap elections, rejected by Mitsotakis, his government mocking the Leftists stance.
SYRIZA isn’t happy with how the amendment was worded, Tsapanidou saying that it “has a lot of holes in it it is not stated clearly in order to achieve the exclusion of neo-Nazis from Parliament,” and could be unconstitutional.
She said SYRIZA has put forth its own idea of how it should be worded in another confrontation with the government as the pre-campaign period is heating up fast.