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Tsipras reelected party leader with 93.5% – Some claim SYRIZA looks more & more like PASOK

A friend called me on Sunday morning and claimed that the atmosphere in the SYRIZA congress and the speech of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reminded her very much of the “glorious” days of socialist PASOK and the leadership appearance of its founder Andreas Papandreou. As I was living abroad in the early 1980’s I had missed the climate of “euphoria and success.”  Back then, my friend was swept away by the socialist tsunami and remained a supporter until the late 1990’s when reformist Kostas Simitis took the lead after Papandreou’s death. She said,  she left PASOK for two reasons: 1. for the party policy of mass hiring in the public sector 2. because Simitis was “right wing” in terms of economic policy and nowadays “I’d say that he was a neoliberal. You can see that in the old Simitis’ ministers like Loverdos and Diamantopoulou.”

She started to support the Greek left, she voted several times for SYRIZA, yet she couldn’t resist her doubts after the signing of the 3. bailout in summer 2015. She has been closely followed the developments and on Sunday morning she told me “well, now the engagement is over. It was the wording, the rhetoric that reminded me so much of the old Pasok days.”

She argued that SYRIZA has been clearly following PASOK policies with features of Simitis’ neoliberalism and Papandreou’s clientelism and hiring and that she will no longer support the left-wing party.

I told her that with without the support of PASOK, SYRIZA would have never managed to claim power. We both agreed on that fact that everybody in Greece is well aware of.

During the congress days, we heard several voices especially on social media claiming that SYRIZA made a step to the right. I have no idea whether these voices were coming form the opposition and were trying to undermine the congress or whether they were honest voices coming from disappointed left-wing supporters. Probably both.

It is not a secret that some flanks of SYRIZA vehemently oppose the economic policies being applied. There are SYRIZA members who are literally furious. But they do not abandon the party. Because “power is sweet” or because they still hope that they can change things.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Aelxis Tsipras received 93.54% of the votes of 3,000 delegates and he was reelected the leader of SYRIZA. There was no other candidate.

210 delegates voted against him.

“The renewal of confidence in me constitutes a renewal of responsibility for a SYRIZA that is more massive, more inclusive, more efficient in the difficult battles awaiting us, for a Greece of justice and prosperity,” Tsipras wrote on Twitter after his reelection.

In the first party congress in 2013, Tsipras had received 74.08%.

However, those delegates who are disappointed with the implemented polices sent a strong message to the party leadership. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos  received the most votes when delegates voted for the party’s central committee: 1,322 in total. Tsakalotos belong to “Movement 53” that often criticizes the SYRIZA policies.

PS after ruling for almost three decades, PASOK knows the rules of the game better than SYRIZA and does not plan to abandon the ship of power. Right.

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7 comments

  1. No such luck KTG!
    At least PASOK can conceivably claim that they could not imagine the ferocity of the attack and the stored hatred emanating by the Germans and their buddies on a small country such as ours.
    Without wanting to exonerate PASOK from their crimes, SYRIZA knew exactly whom they were dealing with and what their intentions were. Still they bowed and sold 10 million people out to poverty and slavery, all for a fistful of dollars and some government posts. The revenge of history will be equally ferocious when it comes.

  2. There are 3000 people in Greece supporting SYRIZA? That is astonishing news indeed. So many!!

  3. keeptalkinggreece

    r u kidding us? lol

  4. Bernhard Thiesing

    Both Pasok and Syriza are bourgeois /petty bourgeois parties.

  5. If Tsakalotos got the most votes, how come Tsipras still won the election for party leader?
    Not that I’m a big supporter of Tsakalotos, who says that the reforms required are politically impossible to implement and then agrees to them anyways…

  6. keeptalkinggreece

    my mistake: Tsak voted for party’s central committee

  7. This guy must be the stupidest person in his (as it were) “party”. He keeps on whining all the time but always signs whatever cruel paper the Kommandantur puts in front of him (if the papers are in Greek he does not even understand what they say). A miserable, ridiculous individual representing a ridiculous party. An election well-deserved.