Recipe for chaos

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After tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the 50par­lia­men­tary seat bonus granted un­der the ex­ist­ing elec­toral law to the po­lit­i­cal party that comes first in a gen­eral elec­tion, the gov­ern­ment is now try­ing to change the rules with new pro­pos­als to be pre­sented to law­mak­ers. The new law be­ing put for­ward calls for a sim­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tional sys­tem, which would abol­ish any ad­van­tages to the first party, as well as for the vot­ing age to be re­duced from 18 to 17. The ob­jec­tive of the move is trans­par­ent, even though it is badly veiled be­hind ar­gu­ments os­ten­si­bly in sup­port of the next Par­lia­ment be­ing a bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the peo­ple’s will and also in fa­vor of giv­ing a po­lit­i­cal role to a younger gen­er­a­tion. The truth is that SYRIZA is pre­par­ing for an elec­toral de­feat and it wants to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of a gov­ern­ment by the main op­po­si­tion party, dis­re­gard­ing the dan­gers of Greece find­ing it­self in a pe­riod of limbo with no gov­ern­ment at all. In short, it is sac­ri­fic­ing ev­ery­thing on the al­tar of petty party in­ter­ests, even though the coun­try is at break­ing point.

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