ND chief tries to put Tsipras on spot

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A first day of dis­cus­sions be­tween New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis and other po­lit­i­cal fig­ures yesterday will be fol­lowed by more de­lib­er­a­tions to­day as the con­ser­va­tive politi­cian in­sists that he can avert snap elec­tions.

Meimarakis is due to meet to­day with PA­SOK leader Fofi Gen­ni­mata af­ter hold­ing talks yesterday with Po­tami chief Stavros Theodor­akis. Meimarakis also meet Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los and Par­lia­ment Speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou yesterday.

“Elec­tions are a last re­sort and will not help the coun­try,” said Meimarakis as he ex­plained his de­ci­sion to use the three days at his dis­posal to try to form a gov­ern­ment from the cur­rent Par­lia­ment.

Af­ter his meet­ing with Pavlopou­los, Meimarakis sug­gested that he would even ac­cept Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Yian­nis Dra­gasakis as the leader of a unity gov­ern­ment if it pre­vents elec­tions be­ing held in Septem­ber. Dra­gasakis is­sued a state­ment soon af­ter­ward dis­tanc­ing him­self from the pro­posal and sug­gest­ing that the con­ser­va­tive chief was try­ing to score po­lit­i­cal points by mak­ing the sug­ges­tion.

New Democ­racy sources said that one of Meimarakis’s goals dur­ing the three-day pe­riod he has the man­date is to high­light the fact that elec­tions could have been avoided if Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras had tried.

In his public com­ments, Theodor­akis fo­cused more on the im­mi­nent elec­tions rather than the pos­si­bil­ity of pre­vent­ing them. He in­sisted that Po­tami could be part of the next gov­ern­ment. He said that his cen­trist party could ex­press the “silent Greece.”

Gen­ni­mata, mean­while, is mak­ing at­tempts to bring back to the PA­SOK fold fig­ures who ran with Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou’s so­cial demo­cratic party in the Jan­uary elec­tions.

Chil­dren cry as mi­grants wait­ing on the Greek side of the bor­der with the For­mer Yu­goslav Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) break through a cordon of spe­cial po­lice forces from the neigh­bor­ing coun­try to reach the city of Gevgelija.

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