Early polls and congress on agenda for SYRIZA

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SYRIZA’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tar­iat met yesterday to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for an emer­gency party congress next month at which the dif­fer­ences within the party over the prospec­tive third bailout are due to be set­tled.

Mem­bers of the party body de­cided to be­gin nam­ing the mem­bers of two com­mit­tees this week that will draw up the agenda for the Septem­ber congress. Their meet­ing came as for­mer Energy Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Lafaza­nis, who leads SYRIZA’s rad­i­cal Left Plat­form, re­newed his at­tack on the new agree­ment be­ing lined up by the gov­ern­ment and its cred­i­tors.

“I know it will con­tinue to de­stroy our coun­try and hurt our peo­ple,” he said of the bailout. “We will not vote for the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment a new mem­o­ran­dum,” added Lafaza­nis. “All the deputies in our par­lia­men­tary group will have to con­sider their stance, weigh­ing up their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the pledges they have made to the Greek peo­ple,” he said.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are in­creas­ingly talk­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity of snap elec­tions in the fall. Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Olga Gerovasili sug­gested yesterday that a bal­lot may not be far away. “Elec­tions are a pos­si­bil­ity but that does not mean that we should be fo­cus­ing right now on when they might hap­pen,” she told Skai TV.

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