SYRIZA is looking to defuse its row with New Democracy over the appointment of senior judicial officials after being accused of ignoring the constitution and trying to exercise influence over the judiciary.
The government’s final cabinet meeting will possibly be held this Thursday, before snap elections are officially called on Monday, but a row has broken out about whether the SYRIZA administration will remain in power and if it should have the ability to appoint the country’s top judges before the July 7 elections.
SYRIZA has begun the process of trying to heal the wounds from Sunday’s devastating election result and to work out how it can rally support for the general elections, which now appear likely to be held on July 7.
New Democracy is on course for a victory over SYRIZA of around 9.5 points, one of the biggest in the history of the European Parliament vote and a result that puts immense pressure on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA ahead of snap general elections next month.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called snap elections on Sunday after SYRIZA suffered a heavy defeat in the European Parliament elections, making it virtually impossible for him to hold on until the end of the government’s term in September.
Party leaders are due to deliver on Friday the final campaign speeches before Sunday’s European and local elections in Greece as they make a final push to influence voters.
The campaign for the European and local elections is set to reach its climax on Friday, when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will deliver their final speeches amid mixed signals about the final result from the opinion polls.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is spending the final days of the campaign before Sunday’s European Parliament elections trying to woo undecided and moderate voters in the hope that this will help clinch a decisive victory for his campaign.
Even though his government has just adopted the latest package of fiscal expansionary measures, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is not holding back in pledging similar interventions before the general elections later this year.
The last week of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s European Parliament and local elections promises to be intense as opinion polls suggest that SYRIZA is closing the gap on New Democracy in the wake of the adoption of the latest package of so-called positive measures.