Tsipras, Meimarakis ad­dress vot­ers

Par­ties launch cam­paigns, with New Democ­racy leader adopt­ing low-key stance

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SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras and New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis is­sued ral­ly­ing calls yesterday ahead of the Septem­ber 20 elec­tions, when the two par­ties are ex­pected to be com­pet­ing for the right to form the next gov­ern­ment.

“To­day the great elec­toral bat­tle be­gins. The Greek peo­ple will give a strong man­date for the present and the fu­ture,” Tsipras said in a state­ment to SYRIZA-af­fil­i­ated news- pa­per Avgi. “Greece can­not turn back and will not turn back. It will only go for­ward,” he said.

Speak­ing dur­ing a visit to Evia, Meimarakis struck a low-key tone, say­ing his party would not make pledges “that can­not be made re­al­ity.”

“What we do pledge to do, though, is to work with all democrats, re­gard­less of who they voted for, to find so­lu­tions,” he said. “Our aim is for cit­i­zens to re­dis­cover their trust in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.”

The for­mer par­lia­men­tary speaker in­di­cated a will­ing­ness to work with other par­ties to form the next gov­ern­ment. “The com­plex­ity of the prob­lems we face re­quires con­sen­sus and mod­er­a­tion for us to find so­lu­tions,” said Meimarakis.

He added that the con­ser­va­tives would next week pro­pose their plan for han­dling the refugee and mi- gra­tion cri­sis.

Pop­u­lar Unity, the anti-bailout party formed by SYRIZA de­fec­tors, is due to launch its cam­paign to­day when ex-energy min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Lafaza­nis speaks on Lesvos. Another high-pro­file SYRIZA MP, Na­dia Vala­vani, de­clared her sup­port for the new group yesterday but there has been no fi­nal de­ci­sion yet on whether par­lia­men­tary speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou will also join.

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