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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-03

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  • [01] KKE on electoral cooperations
  • [02] Tsipras on electoral showdown

  • [01] KKE on electoral cooperations

    KKE on electoral cooperations

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga on Sunday commented negatively on political scenarios as regards electoral cooperations involving the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

    "Taking into consideration the character of political parties, their programmes and their whole tactic, I believe that a coalition government comprising SYRIZA will cultivate, for a little while, a climate of self-illusion among the people, but very soon the "teeth" of such a government will be revealed," Papriga said in an interview with the private Antena radio station.

    "It will not concern any change, I mean a change of course. It does not concern the 'new', which the country needs. That is why the people should look ahead and not let itself be swayed by these scenarios believing that there is a change of policy. " she added.

    She also called on citizens to "cast a political vote" in next year's Europarliament elections, "because the policies and strategy of the European Union concern the life of the peoples of Europe."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    [02] Tsipras on electoral showdown

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) leader Alexis Tsipras, in an interview appearing in a Sunday newspaper, said that if the political correlations were not changed by the next general elections, it would be "interesting" to see how the two mainstream parties will justify their coexistence in the same government in the event that a self-sufficient majority government does not emerge.

    "If we do not succeed in altering the political correlations -- by the next electoral showdown -- we will await with great interest to see who the two former mainstream parties and major opponents (ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK) will justify their coexistence in the same government," Tsipras said in an interview with the Eleftheros Typos daily, appearing in the newspaper's Sunday edition.

    He further opined that the ND government will "exhaust all possibilities" to avoid recourse to early elections, noting that the European Parliament elections were the next electoral showdown, they would be "deeply political and not at all indifferent" elections.

    Tsipras added that SYN anticipated the emerging of radically different correlations of political powers in the Europarliament elections, to the benefit of the Left and at the expense of the two-party system (of alternation in government).

    He also left open the prospect of he, himself, heading the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA, the SYN-led alliance in the Greek parliament) ballot for the European Parliament, which he said would depend on the decisions to be taken by the party bodies "when the time arrives".

    Regarding SYRIZA parliamentary group leader and SYN former leader Alekos Alavanos, Tsipras said that Alavanos' contribution will be significant from whatever post he holds, given that his predecessor at the SYN helm constituted a "very strong card" for SYRIZA.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras.

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