Gov’t di­vert­ing de­bate

Aides at­tempt to boost PM’s im­age in face of con­ser­va­tives’ ‘de­con­struc­tion’ bid

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As Athens braces for a new round of ne­go­ti­a­tions with in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors over the coun­try’s sec­ond bailout re­view, on the do­mes­tic front the gov­ern­ment is seek­ing to di­vert the pub­lic de­bate away from the mis­takes com­mit­ted over the last 18 months to its fu­ture plans and the pos­i­tive as­pects of its term in of­fice – which, it says, in­cludes its plans to re­view the Con­sti­tu­tion and the elec­toral law.

How­ever, as it now ap­pears highly un­likely that the left­ist-led coali­tion will muster the 200 par­lia­men­tary votes needed to pass its muchtouted elec­toral re­form leg­is­la­tion on Wed­nes­day, aides now ap­pear to be fo­cused on boost­ing the im­age of Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras – once a trump card for the coali­tion – whose ap­proval rat­ings have dropped be­low op­po­si­tion conser- va­tive leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, who has ini­ti­ated a cam­paign to ex­pose the PM as an un­fit leader who is on his way out.

“This com­plete di­vorce with re­al­ity is the last stage be­fore the per­ma­nent exit from the PM’s res­i­dence,” Mit­so­takis said, re­fer­ring to an in­ter­view Tsipras gave on Skai TV on Thurs­day night, adding that he “not for a mo­ment felt the need to apol­o­gize” for the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols or for a re­cently re­vealed plan (Plan X) to take Greece out of the eu­ro­zone at the height of last sum­mer’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with cred­i­tors.

Mit­so­takis also took a swipe at Tsipras for blam­ing the Bank of Greece for the im­po­si­tion of the cap­i­tal con­trols, say­ing it was an­other “ex­er­cise in cheap SYRIZA pro­pa­ganda,” as was the PM’s cit­ing of last year’s ref­er­en­dum as a high­light of his term in of­fice, he added.

Re­fer­ring to the ref­er­en­dum as a “fi­asco and an in­sti­tu­tional par­ody,” Mit­so­takis said it was “au­da­cious” to re­fer to it as a high­light.

With Par­lia­ment sched­uled on July 26 to dis­cuss ND’s re­quest for a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate what led to the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols, gov­ern­ment aides ex­pect the con­ser­va­tives to con­tinue what the for­mer de­scribe as the lat­ter’s ef­forts to “de­con­struct” Tsipras.

“It is now clear that [the con­ser­va­tives] have em­barked on a cam­paign to de­con­struct Tsipras,” aides say.

In re­sponse, Tsipras is ex­pected to make more pub­lic ap­pear­ances to ex­tol the gov­ern­ment’s work, as was the case with his ap­pear­ance at yes­ter­day’s launch of a hospi­tal in San­torini.

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