Posts tagged ‘Greek Prime Minister’

Greek opinion polls show SYRIZA win: yet people prefer Samaras as Prime Minister!

 

Opinion polls in Greece depict, most accurately, the citizens ‘confusion and despair much more than anything else!

Let me share with you the latest one I found on TVXS (a site run by journalist Stelios Kouloglou, who was one of SYRIZA’s candidates for the European Parliament elections). It was conducted nationwide  by RASS from 29 to 31 October on behalf of iefimerida.gr.

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As you can see at the graph above, 26.4% of the electorate have chosen SYRIZA, New Democracy has scored 21.1% while the River, the newest addition to the Greek political scene led by Stavros Theodorakis, another journalist, comes third with 5.8%. The Communist Party of Greece reaches 5. 4% ,just 0.3% more than the extreme right wing Golden Dawn. The social democratic PASOK and the right wing Independent Greeks barely make it into Parliament while Democratic Left of Mr. Fotis Kouvelis stays out with 1%!.

On the other hand, the electorate appears divided on the question of early elections. 47.3 consider early elections a catastrophe for the economy while 46.1% hold the opposite view. Mr. Samaras is considered a better bet for Prime Minister by 35.2% while Alexis Tsipras follows with 27.9% thus choosing the leader of New Democracy ahead of the leader of SYRIZA, the party they are going to vote for!

One explanation for this division of public opinion is the role played by the mainstream mass media. According to most of them Greek economy is recovering and a change of government would destroy any chance of ending austerity! The result of this one-sided information has led to mistrust of the media and an increase of internet news sites which people seem to trust more.

The Greek people keep hearing that the Greek economy is recovering but fail to see this recovery mirrored in their living standards. Over taxation, repeated mistakes in its calculation coupled with increasing inefficiency of infrastructure in health care, transportation and education turn citizens into cynical, mistrusting people.

 

Loukas Papadimos new Greek Prime Minister

After 3 hours of discussion Mr. Papandreou, leader of the ruling party of PASOK, Antonis Samaras, leader of the New Democracy – major opposition party and Mr.George Karatzaferis, leader of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), a far right party, have announced their agreement for the appointment of Mr. Loukas Papadimos to the post of Prime Minister.

In his first statement exiting from the Presidential residence Mr. Papadimos was very unitary; he called the new government “a government of broad cooperation” and a “transitional government”. He stressed that “Greece is at a crossroads” and  the choices made by this government will be decisive. He added that in his opinion the the participation of Greece in the Eurozone is a factor of stability for the country and we can be optimistic for the final result if we stay united. He closed his brief statement saying that there were no conditions put on any party leader.

The new Ministers will be announced tomorrow at 14.00.

Mr. Papadimos CV on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Papademos

Government thriller nears an end

After a night of endless discussions the Greek farce “in search of a government” comes to an end.

The morning news programmes of the Greek TV, claiming Reuters reports, announced that the “most probable” name for a Prime Minister is that of Dr.Vassilis Skouris, President of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

It has been made clear that no New Democracy Parliamentarian will be a member of this government. Indicative of the situation between the two biggest parties in Greece is that while PASOK MPs, like Mr. Hytiris, call this a “cooperation government” New Democracy MPs call it a “government of transition”. This does not augur well for the very difficult tasks facing the Greek people in the immediate future.

 

Wanted: Prime Minister for Greece – no reward

The Greek citizens have been waiting for three days – yes, three whole days – for the bi-party leaderships to agree on what? On forming a government and appointing a new Prime Minister!!

This feat has not yet been achieved. While waiting, the Greek people have been living with the fear of new taxes and cuts being imposed.

The European Union leadership, on the other hand, is concerned only with the payment of the debt. It is worth wondering whether European leaders realize that they were elected to serve their people and not their banks and corporations.

Presently, the Greek public is still waiting for PASOK and New Democracy to form a government and nominate a Prime Minister. In the meantime both parties have agreed on the date of the elections.

The argument of the left wing parties, which is echoed by the “enraged” movement, is that the present government is illegal. They ask for elections in order to have a government that will represent the present relation of power in the Parliament.

At the moment, the Council of Ministers is meeting and we are expecting developments any moment.

 

Greek MP launches a new genre: science fiction tragedy

I have refrained from posting any news recently fearing that I would be proven wrong. Contradicting reports follow contradicting reports. You write an analysis and  before posting events reverse all your suppositions. The only journalists who can do their job are the tv journalists.

Therefore, let me just tell you that Parliament is in session and this evening there will be a vote of confidence for the Papandreou government. The amount of votes required depends on the parliamentarians present at the moment of the vote and that is a big  question mark since the PASOK MPs refuse to say what they will do, the New Democracy refrain from being explicit while I have not seen any representatives of the left wing parties this morning.

At the same time there is a call by the Unions to hold a rally in Syntagma Square during the voting procedure.