Greek opposition parties to form governmental coalition

Greek opposition parties willing to form coalition after Tsipras’ resignation on Thursday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Centre-right and far-left opposition parties in Greece talked about creating a coalition government on Saturday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, leading Greece on elections once again.

However, the talks between the parties did not bring substantial results as many believe that a new government would be impossible to form without holding elections.

Fofi Gennimata, the head of the PASOK socialist party, stressed that even though Greece agreed to the austerity measures and managed to get a new bailout fund, security has not been locked by the country.

"It is obvious that ... this parliament cannot form a new government. Therefore, any delay can have destructive consequences for the country because, as I have said many times, Grexit remains in our backyard," she said reporters after holding a meeting with head of conservative New Democracy political party, Evangelos Meimarakis.

The head of newly founded leftist Popular Unity party, Panagiotis Lafazanis, who founded the party after he split from Tsipras’ Syriza party, said he thinks that Greece "will either finish off the bailouts or the bailouts will finish off Greece."

Lafazanis also commented on the coalition talks making obvious how the anti-bailout possible future government meeting led to a dead end.

"Our differences with New Democracy are unbridgeable, chaotic," he said after the meeting. "There is absolutely no ground for cooperation with any of the parties that have voted in favour of bailouts."

According to Reuters, given the fact that Lafazanis aims at a coalition government, the only political parties left to back them up are the Golden Dawn party as well as the communists.

At the same time, as Greece deals with the country’s leadership, which will be decided in the upcoming elections possibly to be held in October, Greece is also struggling with the migrat crisis. Thousand of migrants have overrun Kos island as well as many more islands in the Aegean Sea.

The next step for Greece comes after the Greek government manages to repay the first payment to its creditors.

October will be a crucial month for the future of Greece as the government is called to present a plan to the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund that fulfills the austerity measures accepted by Tsipras.

Failure to do so could mean a Grexit, leaving the country outside of the euro currency.

TRTWorld and agencies