Former finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he targets the office of the prime minister at the next elections in Greece. In an interview with TRT World, Varoufakis said he will run for prime minister in the country’s next general elections.
TRT World’s Imran Garda spoke to the anti-austerity campaigner at length about his new political party and what’s behind his intentions to run.
“You know it sounds like a nightmare to become the prime minister of Greece. But then again, it’s a dirty job somebody has to do it. I wish I didn’t have to do it … I wish I could support Tsipras … support anyone who could do what is right by this country. At some time, you have to put your money where your mouth is,” Varoufakis said.
Theoretically, every party leader taking part in the general elections is also running for the office of the Greek Prime Minister.
Practically, a party has to received two-digit percentage in the voters’ preference.
Varoufakis party MeRA25 was officially launched in Greece last month. However, it is still not included in public opinion polls.
Greece’s general elections are expected to take place in autumn 2019, unless one day Tsipras will decide otherwise.