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Tsipras’ Sniping Can’t Cut Down New Democracy’s Big Lead

ATHENS – A barrage of complaints from major opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras blaming the New Democracy government for everything from the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic to the economy has failed to cut the Conservatives lead.

A survey from the firm Opinion Poll gave New Democracy a 17.4 percent lead 37.3-19.9 over the Leftists who are falling further under Tsipras, the former premier who broke virtually all his promises during a 4 ½ year reign.

That ended in a New Democracy rout in July 7, 2019 snap polls and SYRIZA – which changed its name from the Radical Left to Progressive – after the beating in free fall even as Tsipras keeps up unstoppable criticism. 

That leaves Greece with essentially a two-party system although since only 3 percent of the vote is needed to get into Parliament that it contains politically irrelevant groups in a 300-member body that proportionately is far higher than in many countries.

In third with only 6.7 percent is the the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) that's led by veterans of the former PASOK Socialists who went kaput after betraying its alleged principles to back austerity measures to be a junior partner in a coalition under a former New Democracy administration.

Fourth in its usual spot which hasn't changed for generations is the KKE Communists with 5.3 percent, followed by the pro-Russian ultra-nationalist Greek Solution at 4.2 percent while last at 3.1 percent is the MeRA25 party of Yanis Varoufakis, who was SYRIZA's finance chief before being booted out.

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