It appears that SYRIZA is set to come under further scrutiny about its handling of last summer’s wildfire in Mati, which caused 100 deaths, after prosecutors’ investigated how authorities dealt with the disaster.
SYRIZA is continuing its calls for cooperation with other parties, despite such invitations falling on deaf ears so far, as the battle for undecided moderate voters intensifies in the build-up towards the next general elections.
The issue of Greece’s primary surplus targets has come back into the country’s political debate after New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis renewed his vow to try to lower the fiscal goals if he comes to power.
The fluctuations on the left-wing of the Greek political landscape ahead of the general elections later this year are prompting as much a rejection of SYRIZA’s call for cooperation as they are apparent willingness to listen.
New Democracy has called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to clear up some of the basic parameters for the local and European Parliament elections in May, amid continuing speculation that the SYRIZA leader may also call snap general elections at the same time.
SYRIZA and New Democracy are both trying to make an impression on voters that would position themselves on the centre or centre-left of the political spectrum, although the methods being used by two parties are different.
A day after Alexis Tsipras attempted to put the furore surrounding Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis and his bank loans to bed, New Democracy revived the issue on Thursday and demanded an official response from the prime minister.
The government tried to leave the recent furore caused by the actions of Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis behind it on Wednesday by unveiling a rent subsidy scheme, another measure SYRIZA hopes will win votes in this year’s elections.
The government is facing fresh accusations of interfering in Greece’s institutions after Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis apparently recorded a telephone conversation with Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras and published the supposed transcript of their conversation.
With the first vote on the constitutional reform out of the way, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras conducted a cabinet reshuffle of limited scope on Friday that was most notable for its inclusion of two former PASOK MPs.