SYRIZA attempted on Friday to limit further damage to its image on Friday after complaints of efforts by government officials to appoint relatives to positions in Parliament before snap elections are officially called.
Alexis Tsipras attempted on Thursday to turn the latest criticism from Greece’s lenders to his political advantage as he continues to search for an edge over his rival, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In a last bid to outfox his political opponents, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Tuesday night that his government will table legislation this week to overturn the reduction to the tax-free threshold for incomes, which was due to be adopted next year.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has made it clear that his main aim in the upcoming general elections is for his party to gain a clear majority and not have to contemplate entering a coalition with anyone else.
New Democracy strengthened on Sunday its political comeback with several significant gains in the second round of local elections, while a new opinion poll suggested that the centre-right party is on course to win a clear majority in the national vote next month.
There was speculation on Friday that a cabinet meeting would result in the government moving ahead with lining up the appointments for top positions in the judiciary despite concern that the move runs counter to the constitution.
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.