The mixed messages from SYRIZA on what it plans to do if it wins Sunday’s elections have continued this week, partly reflecting the party’s attempt to draw votes from both the left and the centre in the last days of the campaign.
Going into the last week of Greece’s election campaign little has changed in terms of what the opinion polls suggest will be the outcome of the January 25 vote (a SYRIZA win just short of a parliamentary majority) but new scenarios about what might happen after the elections are starting to emerge.
Going into the final stretch of the election campaign, opinion polls indicate that SYRIZA’s victory – although not necessarily an outright parliamentary majority - is assured, barring any dramatic developments next week.
A total of 9,834,970 Greeks are registered to vote in the January 25 elections but the result could still be shaped by around 1 in 10 voters who have yet to make up their minds.
Eleven days before the January 25 elections in Greece, bookies appear to have made up their minds on the election winner, next prime minister and whether the Independent Greeks will enter Parliament. Which party will come third is a closer run thing.
Despite opinion polls indicating that the elections are unlikely to produce an outright majority for SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras continues to refuse to countenance the idea of having to form a coalition government after the January 25 vote.
Five opinion polls published on Sunday reaffirmed SYRIZA’s steady lead over New Democracy but highlighted that the leftists are unlikely to gain a parliamentary majority in the January 25 elections.
Barring a few uncompromising voices within the party, SYRIZA has largely toned down its message over the last few days in terms of how it plans to handle Greece’s relationship with its lenders should it come to power after the January 25 elections.
Three opinion polls (RC Pulse, GPO and Alco) published on Wednesday gave SYRIZA a diminishing but still decisive lead over New Democracy, although none suggested that the leftists would win an outright majority in the January 25 elections.
To Potami is stepping up its efforts to clinch third place in the January 25 elections, which could cast the nascent centrist party into a pivotal role in Greek politics.