With opinion polls suggesting that SYRIZA’s hopes of renewing its partnership with Independent Greeks in government are disappearing, Alexis Tsipras has started to soften his position on the possibility of cooperating with other parties.
SYRIZA is expected to step up its campaign after a new round of polls showed it having a minimal lead over New Democracy, with one even giving the conservatives the narrowest of leads.
SYRIZA continues to be depleted by defections as Alexis Tsipras begins his nationwide tour ahead of the September 20 elections.
Following the publication of the first series of opinion polls ahead of the September 20 elections, it appears that the contest is building up to be much more closely contested than seemed the case just a few weeks ago.
Greece has entered the second shortest election campaign in its history, with major doubts over the outcome that can be expected on September 20.
In his first televised interview of this election campaign, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has claimed he will not continue as premier if SYRIZA is forced into an alliance with New Democracy, To Potami and/or PASOK.
All the indications are that Greece will appoint a caretaker prime minister on Friday, paving the way for elections to be held, most probably on September 20.
Alexis Tsipras will handpick SYRIZA’s candidates for the upcoming snap elections as he tries to give his party the best chance of securing a convincing win.
New Democracy leader Evengelos Meimarakis handed back on Monday morning the three-day exploratory mandate he received to form a government after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted his resignation last week.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras officially has a new rival as of Friday, when former Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis announced the creation of a new party aimed at opposing the bailout and arguing the case for Greece leaving the eurozone.