The “new” Greek government is looking for a vote of confidence tomorrow. Today’s session saw all opposition parties agree on one point: elections are unavoidable. Different words from each party leader but the same meaning: we need to go to elections.
It is unfortunately true: instead of a national unity government Mr. Papandreou has formed a “PASOK unity” government. Mr. Evangelos Venizelos was his opponent at the voting for PASOK President a few years ago; he has now been upgraded and in his first speech he sounded more like a Prime Minister than the Prime Minister himself. Old and tested PASOK veteran Ministers have been reappointed to key posts in order to safeguard the unity of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement ignoring the citizens’anger against the party system. Antonis Samaras, leader of the right wing New Democracy party, had the predictable squabbles with both the Prime Minister and the leader of the Greek Orthodox Rally, a former member of Parliament for New Democracy.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the SYRIZA (Coalition of Radical Left) was the only one who remembered the “lower Parliament” and urged Mr. Papandreou to think of the people in the streets and show respect to the institutions of Greece.