Seven PA­SOK MPs voice support for party leader

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Seven PA­SOK MPs yes­ter­day pub­licly backed Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venizelos and his plans for the party to play a lead­ing role in a broader cen­ter-left al­liance after ex-leader George Pa­pan­dreou de­clared his op­po­si­tion to the plan and called for an emer­gency congress fol­lowed by a con­fi­dence vote.

The seven deputies said they are in fa­vor of the plan for PA­SOK to be at the heart of a new move­ment, Demo­cratic Align­ment, that would be cre­ated by what they called “open demo­cratic pro­cesses.”

Their move comes after four PA­SOK MPs in­de­pen­dently backed Pa­pan­dreou’s re­quest for party mem­bers to dis­cuss Venizelos’s plans and to vote on whether they wanted him to con­tinue on as party leader.

The lat­est rift comes as PA­SOK is still lan­guish­ing in opin­ion polls. A new survey by the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia for Skai TV in­di­cates that PA­SOK’s support is run­ning at just 3.5 per­cent, down from 4 per­cent last month.

SYRIZA leads the poll with 27.5 per­cent com­pared to New Democ­racy’s 20 per­cent. Both par­ties’ support is un­changed from the pre­vi­ous month. Golden Dawn is in third on 6.5 per­cent, fol­lowed by To Po­tami on 6 per­cent and KKE with 5.5 per­cent. Then comes PA­SOK.

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