Editorial: Games with the Constitution
The climate of political uncertainty that the country is experiencing in relation to the Presidential election process stems from a…
The climate of political uncertainty that the country is experiencing in relation to the Presidential election process stems from a distorted and problematic use of the Constitution.
While Constitutional lawmaker’s provision was clear and aimed to achieve the greatest possible consensus in the election of the country’s head of state, even if his powers are symbolic, these days an attempt is being made to completely reverse this provision over coincidental political considerations.
The explicit provision in the Constitution to head to elections requires the government to lose its mandate, namely the support of 151 MPs, however the provision in the Presidential election process of a greater majority is being used to force general elections. It is an absurd logic, which while technically correct, it essentially cancels out the essence of the Constitutional provision.
That is because in Greece we manage to use the institutions at will, according to our political and partisan considerations, with a disregard for the consequences of our actions. In no other country in the world is the election of the head of state used as a means to achieve other goals and pursuits. The lack of an essential consensus in our country though allows this game with the institution, which degrades their validity and the credibility of the political system as a whole.
It is obvious that this Constitutional provision much change, since our political leadership is proving unable to agree on the essential, even the obvious. It is doubtful if the Constitutional review process can begin, which the entire political spectrum is meant to desire, now that other interests are prevailing. It is very likely then that this necessary process may be put on the backburner indefinitely, since that is what the party interests dictate.