Tsipras: The elections dilemma is if the country will move forward with a fair growth model or we will go back
Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
Greeks are going to the polls on July 7, to elect a new parliament and all polls show New Democracy holding the commanding lead of last month’s the euro-elections and it is possible to be able to gain a parliamentary majority.
But, the main concern of all political parties is the voters’ participation, because the elections are taking place at a time that many Greeks are taking their vacations.
The Interior Ministry’s mechanism is ready for the national elections with first and foremost the citizens to go to the ballots, stated caretaker Interior Minister Antonis Roupakiotis in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper on Saturday.
“In a period that Europe becomes darker by forces that are far away from the democratic operation of the institutions, in a period that, for a number of reasons, the credibility of the state’s institutional organisations before the citizens have been discredited, the participation in the elections is very crucial”.
In a survey published on Saturday in the newspaper “Ta Nea”, ND is predicted to secure an absolute majority in parliament in all scenarios and regardless of the number of parties that enter the Parliament. According to the findings, in all post-election scenarios for the next parliamentary make-up, ND secures an absolute parliamentary majority, with seats ranging from 155 to 163 respectively.
The MRB data in more detail shows:
New Democracy (ND) 35.4% to 40.4%
SYRIZA 26.5% with 31.5%
KINAL. 6.4% with 9.8%
KKE 3.7% to 6.3%
Golden Dawn 2.6% to 5%
Greek solution 2.5% to 4.8%
DiEM25 2.2% with 4.4%
Union of Centrists 1.4% to 3.2%
In terms of which party is projected to win, ND received 79.6% against 9.9% of SYRIZA, while 30.8% of the respondents replied that they wanted MD to win by absolute majority. Moreover, 15.9% said that the ideal outcome would be a coalition government with ND at the head.
Finally, 35.9% of the respondents believe ND president Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the most suitable candidate to become Prime Minister, compared to 29% who chose Alexis Tsipras.
“A new era arrives for our country, the post memorandum era” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday during his visit to Mt. Pelion and the farming cooperative Zagorin at the village of Zagora.
“Now we can govern the country with our hands free. Of course there are fiscal commitments which we have proved that we they can be implemented”.
Tsipras referred to the stake of the national elections on July 7 “the crucial dilemma that is in front of us is if the country will move forward with a model of fair growth for all or we will go back. You should not take for granted that we will move forward. We reached this point with huge difficulties.
“In one hand there is a plan for fair growth and on the other hand there is a plan of neoliberal proposals which we know from the past” he said.
The prime minister is touring the region of Magnesia and at 20:30 delivered a speech at the city of Volos.
“I believe that SYRIZA government proved there is another way” stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in an interview with the website Propaganda on Saturday adding that after the exit from the memoranda “we are free to form the conditions”.
He said that in 2015 the country had empty coffers, unemployment rate 28 pct, 10 pct interest rates and the people were in despair. Today, he said, we have the lowest interest rate we ever had, 35 billion euros in our coffers, the unemployment has dropped by 9 points and the minimum wage increased by 11 pct “we are at a point to restore the collective negotiations and the normality in labour… however, it is a fact that we have not yet achieved to create the feeling, to the large majority of the society, that this change will become stronger and stronger in their every day life”.
Unfortunately, Tsipras said, we have not seen yet how much better can the Left, with its political plan, can go because it is only 8 months that we are free to form better conditions for the country.
Tsipras said that SYRIZA did not distance itself from its ideological roots and its main orientation which is to defend the people of labour, the non-privileged, and the many. He brought as example the fact that it did not hesitate to proceed to the Prespes Agreement because “we draw strength from our faith that it is in the country’s interest and the certainty that a Left government should make major changes…”
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday sent a message of unity from the town of Kilkis noting that the political answer on July 7 will be a message against the lies, the division and the polarisation we experienced in the last years. “We know from our history that our nation is doing great thing only when it is united and the political answer you will give on July 7 will not only be the reward to our programme. It will a message against the lies, the division, the populism and the polarisation and to all those we experienced in the last four years” he said addressing the citizens of the northern Greek city of Kilkis.
Referring to the Prespes Agreement, Mitsotakis noted that “it was an agreement decided in the absence of the Greek people that hurt all the Greeks”.
New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that as we are coming close to 7 July’s elections the country’s unity remains the key issue. I wish and hope that the next day of the elections, Greece to be united and devoted to the real goal which is the country’s restructuring, the rapid growth and the final exit from the crisis.
Mitsotakis made these statements on Saturday during his visit to the city of Serres where he attended the events for the 106th anniversary from the town’s liberation from the Ottoman rule.
“The vast majority of the Greeks are now together, after a long period of extreme populism, to return as society and state to the democratic and institutional normality. This struggle that has launched the patriotic and democratic party (New Democracy) with leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is made in the name of Greece, of the society and particularly on the name of the dissolved middle class, of the people of labour and effort that demand an environment that will allow them to exercise their right to progress, labour and life” European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an interview with Ta Nea newspaper on Saturday.
He said that it is matter of responsibility to remain in his position as European Commissioner. “It is my responsibility to Greece because my retirement would mean five months without a Greek Commissioner which also means that Greece would be absent at a time that serious deliberations are taking place and important decisions are make”.
On the next day of the general elections in Greece, Avramopoulos said that it wants an ND strong and with absolute parliamentary majority. “I believe that Kyriakos Mitsotakis (ND leader) will contribute in the promotion of the social and national unity and will be a good, wise and effective prime minister”, he underlined.
The country should not get into successive elections, Movement for Change (Kinima Allagis, KINAL) leader Fofi Gennimata said speaking on Saturday to TV open and said that she will not cooperate with anyone.
She said that her party will be the progressive counterweight against New Democracy’s uncontrollable policies adding that KINAL will be a responsible opposition because it is a force of stability.
Gennimata said that KINAL has a steady upwards trend that gains more and more ground in the conscience of the progressive citizens.
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas on Friday expressed his concern over the energy agreement for Crete, focusing on three issues, including the “provocative terms of the hydrocarbons concession that SYRIZA granted to Exxon-Total-Hellenic Petroleum.” According to Koutsoumbas, this amounted to yet one more theft of valuable energy sources that will be gone forever, as far as Greece is concerned.
Speaking on Friday to Parapolitika radio, he also said that through this concession, Greece is getting more deeply involved in the plans of the United states, NATO, the EU and capitalist countries “that we are afraid will lead, for the control of the energy sources, to even more generalised conflicts.” The third concern Koutsoumbas raised was the impact on Crete’s natural environment and economy.
Koutsoumbas said that energy sources should be exploited, of course, but should be “the Greek people’s property” and not that of monopolies.