Tsipras left to go it alone

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers tell premier that coali­tion can­not de­pend on their sup­port

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Ahead of a con­fi­dence vote in Par­lia­ment last night, which the coali­tion was ex­pected to win thanks to its five-seat ma­jor­ity, the main op­po­si­tion par­ties made it clear to Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras that he will not be able to count on their sup­port.

In a deeply crit­i­cal speech, New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis made it clear that his party will not back the gov­ern­ment in its im­ple­men­ta­tion of mea­sures pledged to cred­i­tors. “Go ahead on your own, you have a very good ma­jor­ity,” he said, re­fer­ring to the coali­tion’s 155 seats in the 300-mem­ber House. Meimarakis ac­cused Tsipras of un­der­go­ing a “trans­for­ma­tion” – a ref­er­ence to his shift from bat­tling aus­ter­ity to sign­ing Greece’s third bailout. “I don’t rec­og­nize you,” he said. The ND leader also slammed Tsipras for declar­ing war on the coun­try’s oli­garchs but mak­ing lit­tle head­way. “I say to you: Give names and ad­dresses,” he said. As for Tsipras’s pol­icy pro­gram, Meimarakis called it “po­lit­i­cal fraud,” not­ing that Tsipras had promised very dif­fer­ent things be­fore last month’s elec­tions. In­ter­rupt­ing him at one point, Tsipras ac­cused Meimarakis of still be­ing in pre-elec­tion mode, a ref­er­ence to plans for an ND party lead­er­ship con­test. “The coun­try needs vi­sion and a plan,” Tsipras said. “Not pre­elec­tion rhetoric.”

“Let me re­mind you that elec­tions were held on Septem­ber 20 and the peo­ple de­cided,” Tsipras said. “You lost by 7.5 points.”

In her speech to Par­lia­ment ahead of the con­fi­dence vote, PA­SOK leader Fofi Gen­ni­mata re­buffed Tsipras’s ap­peal to the op­po­si­tion par­ties of the cen­ter-left to join the gov­ern­ment in a “pro­gres­sive front against ne­olib­er­al­ism,” slam­ming the premier for re­new­ing a coali­tion with the right-wing, na­tion­al­ist In­de­pen­dent Greeks. Ac­cus­ing Tsipras of hav­ing shown zero signs of pro­gres­sive­ness in his poli­cies, Gen­ni­mata lashed out at him for co-rul­ing with “a far-right ex­cres­cence of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.” Her party would of­fer the gov­ern­ment “nei­ther will­ing re­serves nor naive ac­com­plices,” she said.

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