site.btaCYRIZA Leader Tsipras Declines Cabinet-Forming Mandate

CYRIZA Leader Tsipras Declines Cabinet-Forming Mandate
CYRIZA Leader Tsipras Declines Cabinet-Forming Mandate
Alexis Tsipras (BTA Photo)

The leader of the left-wing Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and former prime minister Alexis Tsipras appeared Tuesday before Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, but refused to accept a government-forming mandate, the country's media reported.

The results of Sunday's elections are painful for his party, Tsipras said, as quoted by SKAI TV, adding that he was taking the full political responsibility for that.

Tsipras told Sakellaropoulou that possible combinations for forming a government did not exist which was why he had responded to his "institutional obligation to come here to tell you that I will not accept the exploratory mandate".

After the head of the leading power in the elections, the New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accepted the government-forming mandate on Monday and returned it unfulfilled, now it remains for Sakellaropoulou to give one to the third ranking force, the left-centrist PASOK, led by Nikos Androulakis.

Inasmuch as PASOK do not have variants to form a government, what remains after the procedure is completed is for the new parliament to be convened, sworn in and dissolved. Its dissolution is expected next Monday.

In Sunday's parliamentary elections, New Democracy won an unexpectedly large victory with almost 41%, giving it 146 seats in parliament - only 5 less than the absolute majority. As the next elections will be produced under an electoral system that favours the largest force, the centre-right New Democracy is gearing itself towards triggering new elections, after which it expects to be able to form an independent government in a similar result.




By 01:51 on 26.09.2023 Today`s news

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