Greek June Elections 2012: Samaras Struggles to Form A Coalition Gov’t

June 17 elections winner Antonis Samaras, leader of conservative Nea Dimocratia, struggles to form a coalition government. On Monday, he held talks with SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras and PASOK’s Venizelos but so far things do not seem bright.

Tsipras turned down his offer chosing to be in the opposition of a pro-bailout government.

Venizelos made a contra proposal to Samaras, offering a ND-PASOK-DEMOCRATIC LEFT government with the participation of SYRIZA.

Furthermore, Venizelos urged Samaras to drop the mandate and directly go to the next constitutional level of forming a government: a meeting of the council of all political leaders under the auspices of the President with the goal to form a broader government. In such case, President Papoulias makes the negotiations. A government emerging from such a procedures operates with a Prime Minister, a third person of common acceptance.

Something that Samaras cannot accept. At least not now.

ND-leader had also a meeting with Panos Kammenos, a former ND-MP who leads his own party INDEPENDENT GREEKS.

Kammenos refused to join a coalition for two reasons: He doesn’t want Samaras as PM and he wants assurances the country won’t go bankrupt with the Memorandum of Understanding.

 After the meeting Kammenos said: “I asked if Samaras could promise that we would not go bankrupt while the memorandum was in effect. He couldn’t do it.” He also said , he asked for an “ecumenical government with PM a person of common acceptance” but Samaras did not accept because he wanted to the Prime Minister as leader of the party that won the elections.

Samaras is scheduled to meet with DEMOCRATIC LEFT leader Fotis Kouvelis at 8.30 tonight.


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