SYRIZA time is com­ing, Tsipras tells party MPs

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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.”

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