"The Greek people voted today for the European future of the country and for its remaining in the eurozone. They gave their vote for the policies that will bring jobs, development, justice and security for the Greek citizen". This is how the leader of New Democracy Antonis Samaras began his official speech after the announcement of the first official election results late on Sunday evening. On Monday he will accept the mandate to form a government from the President of the Republic Carlos Papoulias and will seek a political coalition which will support a government led by New Democracy.
There will be no more mishaps and there will be no more fear, said the blue leader. The efforts of the Greeks will succeed, he said, and described the vote for New Democracy as a majority party in the parliamentary elections as an important moment for the country and for the whole of Europe. Samaras urged all political formations that have the same goals as the right party to support it in a government of national salvation. He insisted that citizens must make sure that the worst has already passed, but was explicit that the country has no time to lose, nor for micro-political intrigues. Antonis Samaras said that the next government is required to regain the lost economic growth of Greece.
"Of course we will respect the signature and the obligations of the country. In Greece there is a continuation of politics, responsibility and dignity", he said laconically in connection with the hesitation in Brussels on whether from the 18th of June the country will continue to rely on financial aid. He promised that Greece will fulfill its obligations to its partners. The leader of New Democracy criticized in his absence SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras, saying: "We didn’t give populist promises. We told people the truth and they trust us in a period when everything is falling apart - parties, behaviours and ideologies."
Samaras ensured that he will fully comply with his obligations, which Greece has undertaken to the Greek citizens and to its European partners. Thus he made it clear that his campaign promises to renegotiate the Memorandum will not affect the responsibility of Greece within the frames of the second contract for financial assistance.
Greece needs to be governed and it will be governed, promised Samaras in conclusion, thereby hinting that the fiasco from the 6th of May 2012 would not be repeated, when after a week of harrowing none of the three largest parliamentary parties managed to create a coalition government.
Alexis Tsipras is certain that SYRIZA will not participate in a government with New Democracy. The representative of the "Communications" department of the leftist radicals Panos Skurletis called the possible cooperation with New Democracy a "political anecdote".
The Democratic Left Party of Fotis Kouvelis is ready to support any government under two conditions. One is for the new government to ensure the remaining of Greece within the eurozone and the second is for it not to be headed by a bankrupt political figure. In this category Kouvelis includes both all the major players in PASOK and the leader of New Democracy Antonis Samaras himself, who signed earlier this year the implementation of the Memorandum of financial assistance. The standpoint of the Democratic Left Party from the outset is that Greece should be gradually separated from its binding to the contract for assistance and does not support the idea launched by SYRIZA that Greece should unilaterally cancel the Memorandum and the law for its implementation.