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Dora Bakoyannis out of New Democracy?

10 April 2010 / 17:04:33  GRReporter
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The statement of the former Minister of foreign affairs Dora Bakoyannis that she will not attend the meeting of the central committee of the party on Sunday, April 11, 2010 caused a split in New Democracy. Bakoyannis announced her strong disagreement with the party’s line of work as a parliamentary opposition. The main argument of the former Minister in the conflict which arose is that in a period when critical decisions regarding the future of the Greek Economy are being taken, New Democracy is not fulfilling its role of adequate and effective political opposition. Dora Bakoyannis is explicit that while the right party is putting itself through self analysis under the leadership of Andonis Samaras, the governing party of the socialists from PASOK are undertaking steps which will have irreversible consequences for the future of the country.

As an answer to the boycott announced by Bakoyannis, the leader of the right party Andonis Samaras threatened to be expelled each member of parliament who does not cooperate for the joint taking of decisions for the future of the opposition. Samaras reminded that over 800 thousand right followers chose in a democratic way their leader on November 29th last year so Mrs. Bakoyannis will have to accept and respect the opinion of the voters. In other case she is free to leave the party. “The democratic functioning and the integrity of the party is a mater of political responsibility and consistency, especially in these difficult for the country times,” said the chairman of New Democracy and added: “We cannot of course force anyone to answer this appeal against his will, however we will not allow the democratic processes within the party to be discredited.”

The leader of the extreme right party LAOS Georgios Karatzaferis commented that Andonis Samaras is currently only controlling a part of the blue party and after the end of the meeting of the central committee it will become clear if he will have his influence on the rest of the members.

The first slap in the face of Andonis Samaras as the political analyzers in Greece are describing it was when Dora Bakoyannis made an official visit in Cyprus in the beginning of March only few days after the first visit of the new chairman of New Democracy. This visit was not coordinated with the central camp of the right party and was interpreted as an arbitrariness by one of the members of the party. The former Minister of foreign affairs didn’t find it necessary to inform her colleagues for the trip she planned which however was covered as an official visit. From the right Cypriot party rushed to disprove the statement that Bakoyannis has arrived on an official visit after an invitation on their part and the ball remained in Dora’s court. Following to this accident the long term party functionary Yannis Manoulis stated: “Doubting the capabilities of Andonis Samaras and the subversive games against the democratically chosen leader of the party means a war with the voters of New Democracy.”

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