Tsipras her­alds strate­gic ‘trans­for­ma­tion’ of SYRIZA

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Less than a month af­ter a re­sound­ing elec­tion win, notwith­stand­ing his bailout U-turn and hav­ing rid SYRIZA of its hard­line left­ist fac­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras over the week­end her­alded a bid to re­de­fine his party’s po­lit­i­cal iden­tity, bring­ing it closer to its newly found catch­ment area.

Ad­dress­ing a cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing, which set out the party’s key pri­or­i­ties ahead of the main congress likely to take place in late Fe­bru­ary, Tsipras said the “trans­for­ma­tion” of SYRIZA will al­low it to op­er­ate along the lines of what he de­scribed as a nascent bipo­lar sys­tem that will see “a pop­u­lar party pit­ted against a con­ser­va­tive one,” a ref­er­ence to the New Democ­racy op­po­si­tion.

Tsipras said the Septem­ber 20 elec­tions had “con­firmed the clear seg­re­ga­tion of the elec­torate,” adding that SYRIZA had drawn a class-spe­cific vote from work­ing­class fam­i­lies. The 41-year-old an­nounced steps to open up the party and party or­ga­ni­za­tions to new mem­bers.

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