The leader of Independent Greeks Panos Kamenos said that it makes no sense to support the left anti-memorandum front of SYRIZA because without the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Tsipras cannot collect the necessary 120 seats to become prime minister. This became clear after their meeting that took place within Alexis Tsipras’ mandate to form a government.
"What we first found out was that the majority needed to form a government against the Memorandum of financial assistance had not been reached. The 52 SYRIZA deputies, the 33 members of the Independent Greeks and the 19 members of Fotis Kouvelis’ Democratic Left are not enough to form a government," stated Kamenos. He added that once this basic requirement was not met, there was no point in starting a dialogue on other important national issues. Among them are the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the issue of illegal immigration and the management of the economic crisis - topics for which centre-right Independent Greeks have a position different from that of the radical left SYRIZA. Kamenos said that the issue of cancelling the obligations under the Memorandum of financial aid should be considered in the presence of the President during the meeting of political leaders, which will be held in the coming days.
Alexis Tsipras has to meet with PASOK's leader Evangelos Venizelos, who promised that their meeting under these circumstances would be very interesting. Then, he will talk with Antonis Samaras, but no surprises are expected. At the end of the day or tomorrow at latest, Alexis Tsiprtas should return the mandate to form a government to President Carlos Papoulias. He, in turn, will hand it to the third party, which in this case is PASOK, represented by Evangelos Venizelos. According to unofficial information, Venizelos will accept and return the mandate in order not to delay the procedure of setting a new re-election date.