Athens.- If Prime Minister Antonis Samaras calls main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to a meeting, the latter will ask for national elections, his political office chief Nikos Pappas told Real News on Saturday.
Charging the government with discussing the signing of a new loan agreement, he said “they can forget asking for our signature on a memorandum and later try to saddle us with their failure… SYRIZA will never sign in the absence of the people, like New Democracy did. Tsipras is not Samaras.”
Among other things he said in the interview were that “a general collaboration with Independent Greeks (ANEL) seems difficult” but “cannot be rejected outright” and noted that “the most unexpected and extreme collaborations happened in order to impose the memorandum.”
Asked about collaborations on ballots in the event of national elections, he said, “We are not laundromats, but we will not become porcupines, either.”
The government cannot ask us to be an accessory to its crimes, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) said on Saturday, just because it cannot and is not able to negotiate the socially just exit from the crisis and defend the country’s interests.
Responding to the participation of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the eurogroup summit meeting in Brussels on Friday, SYRIZA charged that the meeting was yet another opportunity for the premier to guarantee that the country remains bound to its creditors.
It also said, “Mr. Samaras tries to intersperse the new memorandum era with vague statements that relate to a new memorandum under another name but with the same catastrophic obligations.”
Poll gives wide margin lead to SYRIZA over ND
A poll gives an 8.5 percentage point lead to main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party over senior ruling coalition party New Democracy (ND) in a poll published in Saturday’s edition of “Efimerida ton Syntakton” newspaper.
Intention of vote, with calculations based on valid votes (excluding, in other words, invalid/”don’t know” choices and without specifying percentage not likely to vote), SYRIZA got 35.5 percent (from 36 pct polled in September) and ND 27 pct (25 pct). The rest of the parties, with September results in parenthesis, are as follows: To Potami 10.5 pct (9.5 pct), Communist Party of Greece/KKE 6.5 pct (6.5 pct), PASOK/the junior member of the ruling coalition 6 pct (5.5 pct), extreme-right Golden Dawn/Chryssi Avgi 6 pct (7.5 pct), Independent Greeks/ANEL 3 pct (4 pct) and Democratic Left/DIMAR 1 pct (1 pct). The rest of the parties took collectively 4.5 pct (5 pct).
Based on the above results, in terms of Parliament seats the distribution would be as follows: SYRIZA 144, ND 71, To Potami 28, KKE 17, Golden Dawn 16, PASOK 16 and ANEL 8.
In terms of which party would come first if elections were held next Sunday, regardless of personal voting preference, respondents said SYRIZA 66 pct (64 pct in September), ND 22 (24), and 12 pct (unchanged) declined to respond.
Asked who of two party leaders would make a better prime minister, the current premier and ND leader Antonis Samaras or SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras, 41 pct chose Samaras (from 38 pct in September) and 30 pct chose Tsipras (34). A total of 30 pct said “neither of the two” (28 pct in September).
To the question of early national elections, 55 pct said “they are probably not necessary” (49 pct in September), 43 pct said “they are probably necessary” (46). Another 3 pct declined to respond. Overall, 63 pct (54 pct) believe that “early elections are likely” whereas 31 pct (37 pct) said “it looks like the government will complete its four-year term.”
SYRIZA was given a 5 percentage point lead over ruling coalition leader New Democracy in a nationwide Pulse RC opinion poll for “To Pontiki” newspaper, carried out on October 17-21.
More specifically, as far as the voting intention for national elections is concerned, SYRIZA took the lead with 27 pct (24 pct in the previous opinion poll on July 16, 2014) and ND came second with 22 pct (21 pct). Support for the remaining parties was as follows: Golden Dawn – 7 pct (9 pct), PASOK – 6.5 pct (7 pct), Potami – 6 pct (7 pct), Communist Party of Greece (KKE) – 5.5 pct (5.5 pct), Independent Greeks – 3 pct (3.5 pct) and Democratic Left (DIMAR) – 1.5 pct (1.5 pct). LAOS got 1 pct (2 pct). A further 4 pct (4.5 pct) supported ‘other parties’; 7 pct (7.5 pct) of respondents said they would cast a blank vote or they would not vote at all while 9.5 pct (7.5 pct) of participants were “undecided.”
The percentages in the voting intention excluding any invalid or blank votes and abstention are as follows: SYRIZA – 28.5 pct (26 pct), ND – 23.5 pct (23 pct), Golden Dawn – 7.5 pct (9.5 pct), PASOK – 7 pct (7.5 pct), Potami – 6.5 pct (7.5 pct), Communist Party of Greece (KKE) – 6 pct (6 pct), Independent Greeks – 3.5 pct (3.5 pct) and Democratic Left (DIMAR) – 1.5 pct (1.5 pct). LAOS got 1 pct (2 pct). A further 4.5 pct (5 pct) supported ‘other parties’ while 10.5 pct (8.5 pct) of participants were “undecided.”
In reply as to who is the most suitable for prime minister, current premier Antonis Samaras took the lead with 32 pct (33 pct), with SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras getting 28 pct (26 pct). A 36 pct (38 pct) of respondents said “none of the two.”
On the Greek President’s election, 43 pct said that the new President should be voted by the next parliament and 42 pct by the current house.