[Marxism] Syriza leader defines goals
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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
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
"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
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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