[Marxism] Syriza leader defines goals

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 8 10:56:10 MDT 2012


Tsipras lays out five points of coalition talks

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the runner-up in the May 6 general 
elections Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), presented the 
five points along which his discussions with minority party 
leaders will develop as he tries to form a coalition government 
after frontrunner New Democracy failed at the task on Monday.

Following a meeting with President Karolos Papoulias, who 
delivered the mandate to Tsipras, the 38-year-old politician said 
that «this is a historic moment for the left and a great challenge 
for me."

Addressing the press from Parliament later and before embarking on 
a string of meetings with party and union leaders, Tsipras 
rejected the efforts of New Democracy and third-placed PASOK for a 
so-called «national salvation government,» saying that a coalition 
of conservative and centrist forces would be a government «for the 
salvation of the memorandum» and would violate the mandate of the 
people, who have, «rejected the bailout agreement with their vote."

Tsipras challenged the two parties, who have ruled Greece for the 
past three decades but suffered a crushing defeat at the May 6 
polls, to rescind their letters of guarantee to creditors saying 
that Greece would abide in full to the terms of the bailout deal, 
«if they truly regret what they have done to the Greek people."

On his upcoming talks to explore whether he will be able to form a 
majority coalition with parties of the left and parties 
representing environmental concerns, the head of SYRIZA -- which 
gleaned 16.78 percent at the ballot box and won 52 seats in the 
300-seat Parliament -- laid out the five points that will be the 
focus of discussions:

* The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that will 
impoverish Greeks further, such as cuts to pensions and salaries.

* The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that 
undermine fundamental workers' rights, such as the abolition of 
collective labor agreements.

* The immediate abolition of a law granting MPs immunity from 
prosecution, reform of the electoral law and a general overhaul of 
the political system.

* An investigation into Greek banks, and the immediate publication 
of the audit performed on the Greek banking sector by BlackRock.

* The setting up of an international auditing committee to 
investigate the causes of Greece's public deficit, with a 
moratorium on all debt servicing until the findings of the audit 
are published.

"We are not indifferent to whether the country will be governed or 
not, but we are primarily concerned with the direction in which 
the country will be governed and whether the people's mandate will 
be respected,» Tsipras said.

The SYRIZA leader is expected to meet first with Fotis Kouvelis 
from Democratic Left (which received 6.1 percent of the vote and 
19 seats) and then with Ecologist Greens (2.93 percent; no seats) 
representative Ioanna Kontouli and Social Pact (0.96 percent; no 
seats) president Louka Katseli. Earlier he spoke on the telephone 
with Greek Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga who rejected a 
face-to-face meeting.

Tsipras has indicated that he will use the full three days at his 
disposal to talk with all the party leaders, including those of 
New Democracy and PASOK, but barring Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn).

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