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Three men are fighting, PASOK wins

31 May 2010 / 08:05:53  GRReporter
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On thin ice moves the new chairman of the opposition party New Democracy Antonis Samaras. This evaluation is made by the political analysts in Greece six months after his election. Currently the situation in New Democracy does not seem good at all. In fact, on a large scale it is a lot like in the fable "Fish, pike and cancer”, where everyone is pulling in his own direction.

From one side we have the new leader Antonis Samaras with his followers, who is trying in every way to raise up New Democracy and to regain the lost confidence in it. On the other we have the disaffiliated Dora Bakoyannis, who openly harbors plans for a new center-right party. Familiar with the situation claim that former Foreign Minister Bakoyannis gather forces and in about one year is expected the new child of democracy to be formed. Until that, moment comes many of its followers (how many they may be) remain among the ranks of the New Democracy and create internal tensions in the opposition. Last but not least are the followers of former Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, who without creating unnecessary noise are currently directly or indirectly lower than the grass, because their names began to be voted in various corruption scandals.

Antonis Samaras makes everything possible to distinguish himself from the previous management of the blue party and takes bold actions such as dissafiliation of party members and the creation of committees to assess the effectiveness and perhaps even the morality of the party members. The members of the committee, which is spoken of, more often will be the party's general secretary, secretary of the parliamentary group and the chief director of the institute for democracy “Kostas Karamanlis”. The internal committee will aim to protect the party from vicious practices, and in future to get rid of of naughty politicians who stain the image of New Democracy. Something like inner party People's Court.

The agency for research of the opinions, Public Issue, announced that after the study, six of every ten citizens think that the blue party today under the leadership of Samaras is moving in the wrong direction. The study also shows that the image of former state ruler Kostas Karamanlis is permanently injured, and the decision for taking Dora Bakoyannis out of the party is welcomed.

"In Greece today there is no political opposition," the business circles commented. This view is shared by many citizens in the country who see how the internal disputes in the party, are preventing the creation of a strong opposition party today. It is a common opinion that if Antonis Samaras wants to present to Greece a serious political opposition, which will exercise effectively its responsibilities as a political corrector of the ruling PASOK will have to solve internal party drama fast and bloodless.

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