Since last night, the parliamentary group of the ever almighty and recently governing PASOK party has remained with 26 members. The decision of the six deputies elected with the party ballot not to support the medium term recovery plan for the Greek economy with their votes has automatically changed their status into independent. Immediately after the vote, Evangelos Venizelos notified the president of parliament that the deputies Angeliki Gerekou, Michalis Kasis, Ioannis Koutsoukos, Markos Bolaris, Theodoros Parastatidis, Konstantinos Skandalidis were no longer members of the parliamentary group of PASOK. The first five voted against the new austerity measures and former minister Konstantinos Skandalidis did not appear in parliament at all.
He said that with this action he wanted to express "his dissatisfaction with the adoption of measures that are too hard for the people". His position did not remain unnoticed by the long-time minister and recent deputy prime minister Theodoros Pangalos. He posted a reprehensible comment on the social network Twitter, "Congratulations, Kostas. You have always been with those with whom you should be and you have always been able to evade. Good catch of voters in whichever party you go."
Meanwhile, deputy Mimis Androulakis who had been threatening for several days that he would not vote for the measures but ultimately did so, announced today that he was leaving the party. On his personal website, he posted the following text, "Dear Chairman, I am notifying you that a number of things have happened, which have driven me to make formal the political autonomy of my cooperation with PASOK, which is well-known to all." Then, Mimis Androulakis states he will remain independent and will follow "closely" and from "a productive distance" all formations of the "progressive left".
And while the parliamentary group is getting smaller, former Minister of Health Andreas Loverdos has asked to convene an extraordinary meeting of the parliamentary group of the party after the vote on the budget for 2013 and the meeting of Eurogroup on Greece. In his letter to the party leader, he writes that it is necessary to make an account for the 4 months from the elections and for the decisions about the changes at all levels.
According to analysts, this means that Andreas Loverdos will openly raise the issue of changing the party leadership. Indicative of this is his post in his profile on the Facebook social network. "Today, it is Mimis with whom we yesterday had the same political stance during the vote. Yesterday, it was Kostas, Markos and other colleagues. Are these events surprising? Apparently not: The lack of strategy and tactics after the elections has led PASOK to constant conflicts, caused decomposition, brought the parliamentary group to uncoordinated actions and made it impossible to adopt a common position on major policy issues. "
The answer to the proposal came from the Secretary of the Parliamentary Group, Yiannis Maniatis, who said a big "no" and made a number of hints about the absence of Andreas Loverdos from the parliamentary procedures. In a letter to his former colleague in the government of George Papandreou, Yiannis Maniatis informs him that the decision for a reorganization congress of the party has already been taken and his ideas can be considered within its context.