Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has reportedly already decided about the next parliamentary elections. They are to take place on 13 October 2019, together with local municipality elections. The Greek prime minister has dismissed scenarios and proposals for the elections to be held in autumn 2018 or in May 2019, together with the elections for the European Palriament.
A relevant report by Sunday newspaper realnews, has been confirmed on Monday by Interior Minister, Panos Skourletis.
The government decision met the angry reaction of main opposition party, conservative New Democracy that asked for snap elections in upcoming October.
The government must seek clear mandate and call for early elections after August, when the country is expected to exit the bailout program, ND spokeswoman urged. The argument of ND is that new pension cuts are planned for 2019 and broadening the tax-free basis is scheduled as of 2020.
These are the measures, the International Monetary Fund demanded in May 2017. The measures will be automatically due if Greece will fail to reach the program’s fiscal targets.
Greece’s creditors are said to oppose snap elections fearing new economic instability. ND has often said it will reverse several austerity measures implemented by the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government.
Parliamentary elections are held in Greece very four years. SYRIZA won the September 2015 elections, after or despite the fact that the government ignored the results of the austerity referendum and signed a new bailout program, the third , in summer 2015.