Pa­pan­dreou pro­posal sparks war of words inside PA­SOK

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Con­tro­ver­sial com­ments by for­mer PA­SOK chief and ex-Prime Min­is­ter George Pa­pan­dreou, ef­fec­tively chal­leng­ing Evan­ge­los Venizelos’s lead­er­ship, have ri­val fac­tions inside the once-dom­i­nant party sharp­en­ing their knives.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with party aides yes­ter­day, a few days after Pa­pan­dreou called for an emer­gency congress and an elec­tion for party chief, Venizelos called for re­straint, adding that he will not en­gage in a per­sonal con­fronta­tion with his pre­de­ces­sor.

Mean­while, com­ments by other se­nior cadres ex­posed the widen­ing rifts in the ju­nior coali­tion party. Ex-Fi­nance Min­is­ter Filip­pos Sa­chini­dis, an MP, backed Pa­pan­dreou’s idea say­ing that a con­ven­tion could re-en­gage the party’s grass­roots, while MP Thanos Mo­raitis de­scribed Pa­pan­dreou’s com­ments as an “ex­pres­sion of con­cern about PA­SOK’s fu­ture.”

Inside the pro-Venizelos camp, PA­SOK spokesman Dim­itris Kary­dis said the for­mer party chief was be­ing “un­rea­son­able.”

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