Athens.- Main opposition ‘Coalition of the Radical Left’ (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras on Saturday stressed that SYRIZA-EKM was daily preparing itself to lead a ‘people’s government’, in statements at the first session of the party’s Central Committee.
“Each day that passes we are better prepared and more mature to take on the responsibility of the governance of the country,” the head of SYRIZA’s Parliamentary group said, adding that everything would be decided by next March.
“Either the people and the country will collapse or the coalition of collapse will leave,” he said, predicting that 2013 would be the year when SYRIZA-EKM would be elected to power.
He went on to attack Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, saying that the Eurogroup’s decision to release financial aid to Greece was “self-evident” but delayed by six months and would usher in the year of “the most brutal austerity”. He also suggested that a debt buyback programme had missed its targets.
“People have realised that Samaras is not the ‘Santa Claus’ of growth, as he likes to present himself, but the average Greek family’s Herod that imposes a tax penalty on children,” he added.
Immediately after his speech to the Central Committee, Tsipras departed for an official visit to Brazil and Argentina at the head of a party delegation. The meeting began with the official formation of the Central Committee of 317 members and will continue with the election of a 37-member secretariat.
Responding to Tsipras’ criticism, goverment spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said that the main opposition leader had given a “parting performance for the drachma lobby before departing to spend Christmas in Latin America”.
“Turning white into black, he tried to discount the end of the scenarios of an exit from the euro. We understand his frustration,” Kedikoglou said.