Coali­tion jit­ters over mea­sures

Sk­ourletis sug­gests deal should be ap­proved by en­hanced ma­jor­ity but spokesman dis­misses ar­gu­ment

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The deep­en­ing con­cern within SYRIZA and the gov­ern­ment about how to man­age the im­pact of a po­ten­tial deal with Greece’s lenders be­came ev­i­dent yes­ter­day when In­te­rior Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis sug­gested the coali­tion should seek the sup­port of an en­hanced par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity for any agree­ment.

“There is a need for the ad­di­tional mea­sures to be voted for by a wide ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment,” Sk­ourletis told Real FM. “I don’t know if that will be 180 MPs, more or less.”

Sk­ourletis added that he was ex­press­ing a per­sonal view, which is what gov­ern­ment spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los stressed in a press brief­ing af­ter­ward.

Tzanakopou­los also noted that the gov­ern­ment has a three-seat ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment and, as such, does not need the sup­port of any other par­ties. He said, though, that the coali­tion would in­vite op­po­si­tion groups to back the mea­sures once an agree­ment with the in­sti­tu­tions is reached.

New Democ­racy, PASOK and To Po­tami have said they will not vote for the agree­ment. “They will be on their own with their mea­sures and in the depths of hell,” said PASOK’s par- lia­men­tary spokesman and for­mer min­is­ter An­dreas Lover­dos.

The lat­est Uni­ver­sity of Mace­do­nia opin­ion poll for Skai in­di­cated that the gap be­tween New Democ­racy and SYRIZA has widened slightly. Al­though sup­port for the con­ser­va­tives edged down from 33 per­cent last month to 32.5 per­cent now, the left­ists also saw their back­ing de­cline from 16.5 to 15.5 per­cent, cre­at­ing a gap of 17 points be­tween the two par­ties.

There were no sig­nif­i­cant moves among the other par­ties, with Golden Dawn and the Com­mu­nist Party in joint third place on 7.5 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll, 87 per­cent of re­spon­dents were un­happy with the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance. This in­cludes 75 per­cent of SYRIZA sup­port­ers.

Just over half of those ques­tioned said they be­lieve that New Democ­racy should not vote for the mea­sures be­ing dis­cussed by the gov­ern­ment and its lenders, while 29.5 per­cent said that the op­po­si­tion party should back the in­ter­ven­tions in a show of con­sen­sus. Just 19 per­cent of New Democ­racy vot­ers said they be­lieve the party should vote for the pack­age of mea­sures if it comes to Par­lia­ment.

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