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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-01-14

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  • [01] The people will give SYRIZA a strong mandate, party spokesman says

  • [01] The people will give SYRIZA a strong mandate, party spokesman says

    ANA/MPA---The Greek people will give SYRIZA a clear and strong mandate, party spokesman Panos Skourletis on Wednesday said in an interview with ANA-MPA WebTV.

    Skourletis, who is also a candidate in SYRIZA's State Deputies ballot ticket, said that the issue is not to achieve a parliamentary majority. "The times call for broader consensus and partnerships within the same society. The result will act as a catalyst, will accelerate maturation across the political spectrum. I do not think that we will enter an ongoing electoral process. The Greek people will show their broad and total support. They will not give SYRIZA half a chance. They will give them the opportunity to have a clear and strong mandate," Skourletis underlined.

    Asked on the post-election cooperation, Skourletis stressed that in a SYRIZA-led government non-politicians will also participate, ruling out, however, any cooperation with those who support memorandum policies.

    "Our cooperation will be based on a very specific programmatic basis, which we have presented, we have not hidden it, we will not have another programmatic agreement after the elections. I think that everyone fits in this cooperation proposal," SYRIZA spokesman said and added: "I believe that SYRIZA will probably achieve parliamentary majority in the upcoming elections. But even in that case, it will seek partnerships and collaborations mainly within the society."

    Regarding the first steps that a SYRIZA government will implement, Skourletis said: "The first steps of SYRIZA will have to do with halting the humanitarian crisis and restarting the economy. Let me be more specific: the immediate abolition of the Uniform Real Estate Ownership Tax (ENFIA), the reinstitution of the minimum wage in the private sector at 751 euros, the reinstitution of the bonus salary, known as 13th salary, and the Christmas bonus for pensions below 700 euros, as well as institutional changes."

    Skourletis also underlined that a SYRIZA-led government will carry out a real negotiation on the debt issue.

    The full interview in Greek is available for subscribers at ANA-MPA website.

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