The Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed his New Democracy MPs and explained the reasons that prompted him to bring the Presidential elections forward. Mr. Samaras argued that he could not allow the country to sink in uncertainty and spoke of the “great responsibility” that the members of Parliament have in keeping Greece within Europe.
Later in his speech Mr. Samaras claimed that MPs were being terrorized for “wanting to align themselves with the people’s will” and that the president of a smaller party “is forming an alliance with those he accused of being dangers only a few months earlier”. The PM maintained that the people did not want early general elections and stressed that the Greek people would punish whoever dragged the country into elections.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister accused the main opposition party SYRIZA of undermining the efforts that the coalition government has made and for the return of the possibility of a Greek exit from the Eurozone. He maintained that SYRIZA is at blows with Europe and that it is causing the political uncertainty affecting the markets.