Samaras and Venizelos arrange meeting to discuss reshuffle

The Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the Government Vice President Evangelos Venizelos are scheduled to meet at 6pm on Thursday…

The Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the Government Vice President Evangelos Venizelos are scheduled to meet at 6pm on Thursday in order to discuss the rumored cabinet reshuffle, as well as changes to electoral law and a controversial 50-seat bonus in Parliament for the first party in general elections.

While the results of the recent elections have caused some frustration amongst coalition government officers, the Prime Minister’s associates stress that Mr. Samaras is against introducing any changes to electoral law and is in favor of maintaining the 50-seat bonus, despite his government partners and PASOK leader Mr. Venizelos publicly referring to the subject twice over the past 48 hours.

Mr. Samaras is also against carrying out the rumored cabinet reshuffle any time soon, with his close associates claiming that he does not want to follow SYRIZA’s rhythm, opting to focus on maintaining political stability. With criticism mounting against prominent Ministers such as Yannis Stournaras and the General Secretary of Public Revenue Harris Theoharis, Mr. Samaras may be forced to act sooner.

In the meantime, the coalition government will attempt to reverse the negative climate after New Democracy’s defeat in the European elections, where it lost an estimated 530,000 voters since the 2012 elections, by arguing that SYRIZA too lost about 150,000 voters and as such failed to convince the electorate with its policies and cannot therefore claim to have won the elections.

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