The next days will be dramatic for the Greek government as 16 PASOK deputies express concern about the Mid-Term “Rescue” Package imposed by the IMF/EU/ECB Troika. Furthermore, quite some government ministers allegedly oppose the bright spectrum of privatizations and assets sales. Others oppose the idea of having ‘Troika-Commissioners” overlooking their jobs. Prime Minister George Papandreou can relative easily get rid of ‘oppontent’ ministers through a cabinet reshuffle. But what if he can’t convince all his deputies to cast a “YES” vote to the Additional Austerity Package? What if he can’t fulfill the demands of main opposition party, centre-right Nea Dimokratia, and fails to get its support?
The condition of the Troika is clear: Yes to 5th loan tranche, yes to 2nd bailout, only if the Package is approved by the Parliament , main opposition party included.
“Papandreou will go for early elections”, claims Sunday newspaper ETHNOS, citing government sources.
“Everything is open. The game has now turned into a one-way street,” reportedly said Papandreou. According to the same anonymous government sources, a date for early elections will be set for the 24th of July.
The elections dilemma will be “Bankruptcy or Stable Government”. Although the Prime Minister has taken a opposite course, early polls would be inevitable, should PASOK MPs fail to vote for the 3-year budget, or Austerity Package II, concludes the newspaper.
On May 27, Papandreou said he would “continue alone until the elections of 2013”. His statement came after the failure to reach consensus among opposition party leaders.
The alleged date for the early elections has a strong symbolism. The 24th of July is officially celebrated as the end of the Junta, marks the political changeover and the restore of Democracy after seven years of military dictatorship.