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Tsipras Mega-Bomb: He urges Kasselakis to seek a vote of confidence by SYRIZA members

Former prime minister Alexis Tsipras, the man who brought Stefanos Kasselakis to SYRIZA, dropped a mega-bomb just an hour before the party Congress commenced on Thursday evening. he urged him to seek a vote of confidence by party members. Practically, the former SYRIZA leader questions and challenges the current leader and shows him the “Exit” door.

In a written statement Tsipras urged Kasselakis to request a vote of confidence  not from the Political Secretariat but from the basis, the members of SYRIZA.

“I think this is the only clean, honest and democratic solution to the Gordian knot that we have in front of us” Tsipras said in his intervention.

The former PM’s intervention came just a few hours after leader Kasselakis removed one of his main critics within the party, Dionysis Temponeras, from his position as scientific advisor to the parliamentary group.

Two days ago, Temponeras forced Kasselakis to step back from being provocative towards the party members and stressed that the leader is not a “monarch” who takes his own decisions, ignoring the party Political Secretariat, the officials and the members .

In his intervention short before the 4th Congress , Alexis Tsipras said that “the  President, the day before yesterday clearly raised the issue of trust in his person, at the meeting of the Political Secretariat. And I believe he rightly did.

He was elected without having time to formulate his positions and plan in detail.

To lead the party into the upcoming [European] election battle it must be clear that it has, at this critical moment, the confidence of the majority.

Only that the vote of confidence must be requested from those who elected him President and not from the Political Secretariat.

Instead of dragging ourselves into a prolonged crisis that precisely leads to a new electoral contraction, the only way out is to give the floor again to those who kept and continue to keep our party and faction standing: To our members” Tsipras noted.

The former president of SYRIZA – PS also noted that he cannot remain silent, nor to attend “a conference that has been set up to ignore the critical problems in the name of false optimism. A conference, where we will all pretend together how loved we are and the audience will applaud us. No. Personally, I don’t miss neither the step nor the applause. This is not a time for applause, but for telling the truth.”

At another point, Tsipras noted that “we do not care if the crisis in SYRIZA creates conditions for the absence of an opposition, uncontrolled governance and therefore ultimately a crisis of democracy. And this indifference does not concern one, it concerns many.

Stressing that the picture SYRIZA transmits is that we are not concerned with the major problems the society currently faces, he noted:

“It is as if we have turned our backs on society, although we constantly talk about the need to strengthen our ties with it.

What is seen is an internal struggle that is more about personal expediency and less about society.

Phenomena of selfishness, narcissism, violation of the principles of collectivity and companionship, have paralyzed the party organization. [bold by KTG]

As a result, the image being broadcast is that we are indifferent to society and the outcome of the upcoming election. We don’t care if the crisis in SYRIZA creates conditions for the absence of an opposition, uncontrolled governance and therefore ultimately a crisis of democracy.And this indifference does not concern one, it concerns many.

The losers of the internal party elections have already left the party, because they lost the battle for its leadership. Regardless of whether with multi-coinage the one who wins is our political opponent. The winner is said to be asking for a three-year blank check, regardless of the outcome of the European elections. Thus discounting the electoral failure and ignoring its consequences.

While others argue in the background, but silently wait for the election failure to come, so they can blame it on him. Regardless of what this will mean for the party and the country,” Tsipras stressed.

Kasselakis first reaction

Citing sources from Kasselakis’ front, media report that the leader described as “anti-institutional” Tsipras’ intervention and “at least unfair” two hours before the Congress.

From the Congress area at Taekquondo Stadium in south Athens, reporters say that many delegates arrived “smiling” and already three names are being mentioned as favorite candidates against Kasselakis: Temponeras, Famelos and Gerovassili.

Alexis Tsipras was planning to deliver a speech at the congress on Saturday, but he has cancel it.

For Stefanos Kasselakis who over the weekend triggered a huge turmoil with his arrogance attitude towards the party members, even hos close supporters,there is not other way than to seek a vote of confidence and most probably will lose opening the way for new leadership elections.

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