Dissatisfied SYRIZA officers raise tension within the governing party

A group of SYRIZA officers dissatisfied with the coalition government formed with the Independent Greeks recently launched the…

A group of SYRIZA officers dissatisfied with the coalition government formed with the Independent Greeks recently launched the commonality.gr website, which included a manifesto of 11 points addressed to the party, highlighting a series of omissions and weaknesses.

The publication of this manifesto came as a surprise, as the group appears to distance itself from the Tsipras-led government and openly argues that the party must not remain in power “at all cost”. Among the more prominent members of this group is the Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos, who is reportedly troubled by the overall developments and his place in the government.

On Tuesday, the party’s general secretary Panagiotis Rigas told SKAI that “SYRIZA is a democratic, pluralistic party, but we must all be careful… the aim of the domestic troika is to overthrow the government”. Mr. Rigas underlined that the party’s policies and decisions derive from the rulings of the political secretariat and central committee.

In response to the manifesto, Mr. Rigas commented that remaining in power is not an end in itself, adding that “it is best to leave fighting, rather than to latch on to power having compromised beyond a certain point”.

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