PM bid to re­gain pub­lic trust and buoy gov’t im­age

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras has called on the mem­bers of his cab­i­net to make ef­forts to re­gain the trust of Greek ci­ti­zens and bol­ster sup­port for his gov­ern­ment and leftist SYRIZA, whose pop­u­lar­ity has plum­meted.

Tsipras is par­tic­u­larly keen to see a pub­lic re­la­tions push fol­low­ing the re­cent upheaval caused by a pro­tracted strike by mu­nic­i­pal garbage col­lec­tors which is widely re­garded as hav­ing caught his gov­ern­ment off guard. The nar­ra­tive Tsipras wants his min­is­ters to project is that, with the bailout re­view com­pleted and fresh loans se­cured, the coun­try is fi­nally re­turn­ing to growth.

He aims to de­liver the same mes­sage him­self on a visit to Kozani next Wed­nes­day, when he is to hold the first of a se­ries of re­gional growth con­fer­ences that his gov­ern­ment is plan­ning across the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to sources, Tsipras plans to herald some key pub­lic works projects for the area dur­ing his visit. Sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives are to fol­low the Kozani event aimed at show­cas­ing the po­ten­tial growth ar­eas of dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. The gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to be dis­patched around the coun­try for those events are ex­pected to strive to give a sense of re­con­nect­ing with the Greek peo­ple, the same sources said.

Tsipras has also in­structed his cab­i­net to work on en­forc­ing bailout com­mit­ments that have been pledged to cred­i­tors. The mat­ter is to be dis­cussed in more de­tail at a meet­ing of SYRIZA’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tariat in the com­ing days.

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