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Tsipras: The prime minister does not smell elections, he announces them


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Alexis Tsipras called on the Prime Minister to set the date of the election

The president of SYRIZA-PS, Alexis Tsipras, called for the immediate announcement of elections, to avoid “permanent political uncertainty”.

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Speaking at the Naftemporiki conference entitled “Greek Economy & Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities in an Unforeseeable Future”, he likened the current period to “the last days of Pompeii”, while stressing the need for “political change” and a “new plan”. for the restoration of “political and economic stability”.

The president of SYRIZA-PS began his speech by criticizing the attempt by government officials to “beautify” the economic “reality” experienced by the average citizen.

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“The pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have the effect of a big bang on the global community and the international economy”, he underlined, pointing out that unlike the Greek government, the vast majority of countries in Europe followed another path, which includes ” nationalizations in energy, interventions in the minimum wage, activation of price control and containment mechanisms”. “Greece, however, is not in this logic. In Greece, in the midst of the energy crisis, the government hastened to further privatize PPC”, he said and refined its “dogmatic” logic of leaving the market without any regulation.

“Accuracy is the result of Mitsotakis policies”

“They answer us: but accuracy is imported. Yes, but profiteering is not imported at all. The filthy lucre is made in Greece. And it is the birthplace of the choices of the Mitsotakis government”, said Al. Tsipras, strongly criticizing the government and its political choices with which it managed to “deepen the crisis”, to make the country a “champion in accuracy” but also to “inflate even more the structural problems of the Greek economy and society, such as inequalities ».

Besides, Al. Tsipras warned of a “new debt crisis”, which “again threatens the Greek economy”, not the public one, but the private one. As he said, “half of Greece is in debt and the infamous middle class, which supposedly would see a better day, is in debt up to its neck”, referring to huge debts “to banks, to funds, to the tax office and to EFKA”.

At the same time, he criticized the “twenty-year records” in profits of the listed companies and also of the banks “which, while they have secured the liquidity cannula for the vast majority of Greek companies, this year show profits averaging one billion each”. He then asked “if it is possible for the government to watch and applaud them” to answer that the same “obscene profit” is also happening in public revenues from the state.

Al. Tsipras spoke, in fact, of a “gigantic and unfair redistribution of income and wealth”, from the “many” to the “powerful”, “through high indirect taxation and profiteering on electricity bills”.

“Greece is today an unfair country for many, but also without a sustainable long-term development strategy”, continued the president of SYRIZA-PS, arguing that the country is “much more vulnerable than the rest of Europe, as external disturbances are added to the results of government choices that magnify rather than alleviate the chronic pathologies of the economy.”

“So this is where democracy comes to save the economy”, he declared and added: “Stability and anti-democratic attitudes, stability and carelessness in the institutions, stability and underestimation of democracy cannot exist”.

In this context, Al. Tsipras pointed his arrows again at the prime minister, characterizing him as a “factor of political instability” and criticized his “refusal” to “come to the Parliament to give institutional answers” to the questions he has put to him, instead of “walking around in protected party events and to say that it “smells elections”.

“The prime minister does not smell elections, he announces them”

“The prime minister does not smell elections, he announces them. If there is a need to go to elections, we must go to elections”, he said, expressing the opinion that this would “be the best possible development for the economy, for the Republic and for the country”.

“To set the date of the election contest. And not to leave the country in a permanent political uncertainty with his own presence in the role of prime minister with an expiration date,” Al added. Tsipras and added: “Political change today is a necessity to return to institutional normality, to restore democratic functioning and the rule of law, after what has happened. But also to restore political stability which is a condition of economic stability”.

In addition, the official opposition leader stressed the need for “a new plan”, a “different plan” in order to “face the consequences of today and organize the possibilities of tomorrow”. Analyzing the goals of the “progressive and effective anti-accuracy policy” proposed by SYRIZA-PS, he said that there must be state intervention in the functioning of the markets, “so that profiteering and excessive domestic inflation disappear”, restoring public character of public utility companies and promotion of “redistributive mechanisms”, “taxing excess profits to support households and the most vulnerable with fiscal measures”.

As for private debt, which he described as a “ticking time bomb in the foundations of the economy”, the SYRIZA-PS plan to facilitate debtors includes debt settlement in 120 installments with debt reduction and is also based on three pillars: “One for businesses, one for natural persons and households and one for debts to the wider State”.

“I believe that the immediate measures and the relief from the consequences of the current crisis are, in addition to an emergency, the sound basis of an overall framework for the transformation of the production model in a progressive direction in the medium-long term, which is equally necessary for the perspective of our economy”, noted Al. Tsipras, summarizing that “the country above all today needs security and justice. Justice everywhere.”

“The stinking things that have come to light in recent weeks show that we are probably living in the last days of Pompeii,” he said characteristically, accusing the government that “at first it seemed simply dogmatic but in the end it seemed dangerous even for democracy itself.” “He recruited wretched means because it was perhaps the only way to impose an unjust and ultimately wretched policy. This dark age will soon end”, he said and spoke of the “duty” to “put our own house in order”. “To restore social cohesion, to unleash the dynamics of our economy, to build a strong rule of law with inviolable rules and principles,” he concluded.


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