Greece says it will hold party congress vote in September

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for party congress vote in September

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Greece’s ruling leftist party Syriza has offered its support to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on his decision to hold emergency party congress as party members rebelled against the acceptance of new bailout measures.

In a speech given on Thursday, Tsipras reaffirmed his decision to accept the strict bailout measures, claiming that this was the best agreement possible.

Tsipras openly called anyone who believed a better deal could be achieved to come to the stand and support their claim.

"We are telling the Greek people, loud and clear and with no remorse, that this is the deal we managed to bring to them and if there is someone who thinks that they could have achieved a better deal, let them come out and say that," he stated.

At the very beginning of the speech, Tsipras expressed his support for the  congress after the rebellious behaviour of Syriza’s lawmakers. However, the dissidents agreed with his  decision.

Greece is now under pressure to meet the repayment deadline of August 20, and is close to reaching a final deal with its creditors.

Parliament Speaker Zoe Constantopoulou expressed her objections to the third bailout along with former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis.

"Syriza is at risk of humiliation because of the bailout transformation," Lafazanis told the meeting. "In this country there is no democracy ... but the dictatorship of the euro."

IMF precautionary

The IMF seems cautious towards the third bailout for Greece.

Having been absent in the negotiations for the deal, the IMF is awaiting Greece’s implementation of current reforms as well as accepting more in the future.

An IMF official told the BBC that funding will follow after Greece commits to the reforms.

Even so, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), an organization that can provide financial assistance to Eurozone members, will need support from other parliaments as well.

Tsipras supports Varoufakis plan B

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also referred to the plan B the Greek government had in case the country was out of the euro currency, but claimed there was no conspiracy to bring the country back to the drachma.

The prime minister made a statement about the issue after scripts about the ‘plan B’ were leaked to the Kathimerini newspaper.

"We didn't design or have a plan to pull the country out of the euro, but we did have emergency plans," Tsipras said in the parliament.

"If our partners and lenders had prepared a Grexit plan, shouldn't we as a government have prepared our defence?"

Tsipras did not make any statement about Varoufakis admitting there was a plan to hack into the Finance Ministry’s system.

"Mr. Varoufakis might have made mistakes, as all of us have ... You can blame him as much as you want for his political plan, his statements, for his taste in shirts, for vacations in Aegina," he said.

"But you cannot accuse him of stealing the money of Greek people or having a covert plan to take Greece to the precipice."

The government is expected to continue negotiations over a third bailout and reach an agreement by the end of August.


TRTWorld and agencies