SYRIZA time is coming, Tsipras tells party MPs
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras told his MPs yesterday he is confident the leftist party will be in government by the end of the year, replacing the “collapsing” coalition, which he blasted over its handling of Greek banks.
Early in his speech to SYRIZA’s parliamentary group, Tsipras also reacted to reports in the German media that he might be made to give written commitments to the troika regarding his intentions to continue meeting Greece’s bailout pledges should his party come to power. Tsipras was adamant that he would do no such thing.
“If they dare ask for our signatures on their memorandums, they will get the same answer they got last time: Look elsewhere for accomplices to the crime,” he said. “We only give binding pledges to the Greek people.”
The SYRIZA leader appeared confident that general elections would be held this year, even though only local and European Parliament polls are scheduled for May, and that the leftist party would come out on top.
“The [Antonis] Samaras government is not just suffering wear and tear, it is not hemorrhaging, it is in a state of collapse,” Tsipras told SYRIZA lawmakers.
The party leader said that an attempt to reprivatize Greek banks for less than the taxpayers’ money used to replenish their capital base would be “unethical, unfair, illegal, provocative and sinful.”