Po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions afoot

Prospect of con­fi­dence vote, snap polls un­clear amid ru­mors of Par­lia­ment clos­ing

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The prospects of an im­mi­nent vote of con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment and of snap elec­tions in Septem­ber ap­peared to be played down yesterday by sources close to Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras who in­di­cated that the pri­or­ity is to honor com­mit­ments to cred­i­tors.

Gov­ern­ment sources had in­di­cated af­ter last Fri­day’s par­lia­men­tary vote on the new bailout that Tsipras would seek a vote of con­fi­dence once the coun­try had paid off a 3.2-bil­lion-euro debt to the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank on Au­gust 20. But yesterday the tone seemed to change, prompt­ing broad spec­u­la­tion that a con­fi­dence vote might no longer be on the cards and that early elec­tions will more likely be held in late Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber fol­low­ing a first re­view of the new pro­gram and when the prospect of debt re­lief is likely to be more tan­gi­ble.

Sources close to Tsipras in­di­cated yesterday that no fi­nal de­ci­sions will be taken be­fore Fri­day. How­ever, spec­u­la­tion swirled that author­i­ties were plan­ning to close Par­lia­ment’s ple­nary in the com­ing days and be­gin re­duced sum­mer ses­sions to leg­is­late a se­ries of prior ac­tions de­manded by Greece’s cred­i­tors. The move would al­low Tsipras to limit the in­flu­ence of rebels in his left­ist SYRIZA party, as he can con­trol the ap­point­ment of the 100 mem­bers of the sum­mer ses­sions. It would push back snap elec­tions, which the coun­try’s cred­i­tors clearly do not want, fear­ing that the new pro­gram will not be im­ple­mented. Such a tac­tic would also cer­tainly prompt a ve­he­ment re­sponse from SYRIZA’s rad­i­cal Left Plat­form, and from out­spo­ken Par­lia­ment Speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou.

But it would likely please cred­i­tors. Although rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lenders have made no public state­ments op­pos­ing snap polls in Greece, they have made it clear that they don’t want the gov­ern­ment to de­lay im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mea­sures it has promised.

Some ad­vis­ers to Tsipras, in­clud­ing State Min­is­ter Alekos Flam­bouraris, still fa­vor the path of a con­fi­dence vote and snap polls. Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Olga Gerovasili in­di­cated how­ever that Tsipras is buy­ing time, telling Athina 9.84 FM that “in the next 10 days de­ci­sions must be taken and a road map must be on the ta­ble.”

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