With all parties in informal campaign mode, the outcome of the next elections is becoming increasingly uncertain. The gap between New Democracy and SYRIZA is closing, while PASOK is emerging as the main loser in an increasingly polarised debate.
The government believes that SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has scored an own goal by pulling his party out of any further votes in Parliament until elections take place, although New Democracy is plagued by its own concerns in the form of allegations about corruption within the police force.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has launched the party’s election campaign with a call for the defence of democratic values against what he describes as an abuse of power by New Democracy.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was due to visit Israel on Tuesday with the aim of reaffirming Greece’s strong ties with the new government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who left Athens on Friday for an official visit to Japan, easily survived the no-confidence vote called by the opposition but SYRIZA is not intending to let the surveillance issue die down despite the New Democracy leader’s best efforts to turn the tables on Alexis Tsipras.
The debate that followed the censure motion tabled by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras this week is due to climax on Friday, when PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the opposition chief do battle over the surveillance scandal before MPs vote in a ballot that New Democracy is expected to win comfortably given its six-seat majority.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras triggered a censure debate in Parliament on Wednesday after submitting evidence on the surveillance of senior officials by the intelligence service EYP.
The political clash over the surveillance scandal went up a notch on Tuesday, when SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras called on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to resign and the government suggested that the head of the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE) is doing the opposition party’s bidding.
Opposition parties have dismissed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s latest economic measures as a pre-election stunt, while signalling their intention to keep up the pressure to bring the government to account over the surveillance affair.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held on Monday the first of what are expected to be a series of press conferences before the next elections, addressing the economy and cost-of-living crisis before moving on to other subjects.