Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras announced his intention for snap elections

Prime Minister of Greece and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said that after the second round of the elections for the local administration on Sunday 2, he will meet with President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and ask for the dissolution of parliament and national elections, probably on June 30.

The government always proceeded through unprecedented difficulties through four years, against the current, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday evening, after calling for national elections following disappointing returns on Europarliamentary and regional elections. Tsipras said he took the country out of the fiscal adjustment programmes, and “we finally managed to stand up.”

“We presented the Greek people with a plan for the day after, a relief plan for many, and a revival plan for the Greek economy,” the premier stressed. “We courageously asked the Greek people for their confidence in our plan for relief measures, the restructuring of society and the country,” he noted, so that nobody awaiting for an opportunity to take the country back to the dark past could do so.

“Although the electoral result solidified SYRIZA’s position as leader in politics, it does not meet our expectations. It was never my habit to ignore this result; I never did and I will not ignore it now,” he said. “Greeks will decide what happens next.Our devotion to the people is not a tactical choice,” said Tsipras, “but a moral obligation, it is our soul, it is my soul,” he underlined.

“Today’s electoral result gives the main opposition the right to challenge the entire course of the exit from the crisis, and our relief plan for the Greek majority,” Tsipras highlighted; “as a matter of fact they are already doing this.”

Leading to his announcement of national elections, the premier said that “the final verdict always belongs to the people,” and asserted he did not intend to shirk his responsibility, run away or give up on the struggle for equality, solidarity and social justice.

The PM said he would “sincerely ask the Greek people for a clear mandate” to implement his plan for the future. The future belongs to the many, and it is to these he addresses himself for support in the snap elections, the SYRIZA leader and prime minister stressed.

NEA DIMOKRATIA RESPONDS TO TSIPRAS’ INTENTION FOR SNAP ELECTIONS

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ “crushing defeat forced him to declare his intention to proceed with snap national elections,” said New Democracy in a brief statement on Sunday night, following a poor showing of ruling SYRIZA in European Parliament elections in Greece.

“Greeks provided the solution with their vote, and will pave the way for a brighter Greece,” said the main opposition in its statement.

THE ELECTION’S FOR THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESULTS

New Democracy (ND) leads the electoral race for the European parliament with 33.33 percent (7 seats in the European parliament), with 33.30 percent of the votes counted so far. Ruling SYRIZA came second with 23.85 percent (6 seats), followed by Kinima Allagis (KINAL) with 7.16 percent (2 seats).

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) came fourth with 5.74 percent (2 seats) followed by Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) with 4.86 percent (2 seats), Elliniki Lysi with 4.04 percent (1 seat) and Mera25 with 3.15 percent (1 seat).

SOURCE: ATHENS – MACEDONIAN NEWS AGENCY