If Alexis Tsipras thought he might be in for a brief honeymoon after returning to power on September 20, those illusions were dispelled for good on Wednesday.
Alexis Tsipras named a varied cabinet late on Tuesday night with three key characteristics: Ministers considered safe hands being appointed to bailout-related posts, ministers who had proved controversial either because they prompted reactions within SYRIZA.
New Democracy is expected to hold a leadership contest later this year as the conservatives look to bounce back from a disappointing showing in Sunday’s elections.
Defying opinion polls, Alexis Tsipras led his party to a comfortable victory in Sunday’s elections and found himself in a position to renew his partnership with the Independent Greeks.
Greece goes into Sunday’s elections with SYRIZA the bookmakers’ favourite to win the vote but there is still substantial uncertainty about how events could play out from Monday.
Despite some minor fluctuations within the week, the betting odds on the eve of Sunday’s elections are similar to the trends evident since last Tuesday.
Greeks go to the polls on Sunday with no certainty about the result but with a fairly clear idea about the type of government that they are likely to get.
The unpredictability of Sunday’s elections has been underlined by the latest opinion polls to be published this week, which give a mixed picture about what to expect on September 20.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’s plans to sway voters by making the fight against corruption, and links between politics and business, have been hit hard this week after the emergence of what appears to be a scandal involving former State Minister Alekos Flambouraris, one of his closest advisors.
Five days before the September 20 snap elections and in the aftermath of Monday’s debate between the leaders of SYRIZA and New Democracy, the latest betting odds provided by four bookies suggest there will be a clear result both for the winner and the third place.