The confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to take place late on Friday after the conclusion of a three-day debate that has poisoned the atmosphere in Greek politics further as tensions rise ahead of the European and local elections on May 26.
The political battle ahead of the European and local election on May 26 has taken a bitter, personal twist as SYRIZA and New Democracy fight it out for the support of voters.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference the package of fiscal expansionary measures that the government has been planning for the last few months, hoping that this will sway voters ahead of the May 26 European and local elections, as well as the national vote later this year.
The stage is set for a political showdown between the government and New Democracy ahead of the May 26 European and local elections after the opposition party submitted a censure motion regarding Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis, which the government turned into a confidence vote in the whole cabinet.
Athens and Nicosia are on alert following Turkey’s bid to drill for natural gas in waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
As the government gauges the reaction of the European institutions to the tax relief measures it is planning to unveil in the coming days, New Democracy is attempting to outmanoeuvre SYRIZA over the pre-legislated reduction of the tax-free threshold.
Following the Easter break, Greek politics is set to get back into full swing this week as the government, which is working on a new package of “positive measures”, is expected to face a confidence vote in Parliament.
The government is preparing a series of permanent and one-off fiscal measures aimed at providing taxpayers with relief ahead of the European and local elections coming up in May.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has again been forced to back his controversial Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis, who New Democracy sees as a weak link in the government due to his outbursts.
Campaigning for the May 26 European Parliament elections continues apace as a new opinion poll shows New Democracy having a sizeable lead but not increasing the gap over SYRIZA.