Author Topic: Early elections ahead?  (Read 9349 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Early elections ahead?
« on: Thursday, 20 August, 2015 @ 18:51:33 »
Quote
Greece live: Alexis Tsipras to resign and call September snap election
Embattled prime minister is set to stand down after losing backing from his MPs over Greece's punishing new bail-out agreement
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11814487/Greece-live-Alexis-Tsipras-to-resign-and-call-September-snap-election.html


From what I can gather it's being widely reported in the Greek media with 20 September given as the likely date but there's been no official announcement yet, Tsipras is expected to issue a statement sometime later this evening.

According to the Telegraph (link above), leaving Greece without an elected government could likely put a spanner in the works of the bail out.

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 20 August, 2015 @ 23:56:21 »
Quote
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced he is resigning and has called an early election.

Mr Tsipras, who was only elected in January, said he had a moral duty to go to the polls now a third bailout had been secured with European creditors.

The election date is yet to be set but earlier reports suggested 20 September.

Mr Tsipras said he would seek the Greek people's approval to continue his government's programme.

Greece will be run by a caretaker government ahead of the polls.

If a government resigns within a year of election, the constitution requires the president to ask the second-largest party - in this case the conservative New Democracy - to try to form an administration.

If this fails, the next largest party must be given a chance.

Analysts say both parties can waive this and allow the president to approve the snap election.

However, New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis said it was his "political obligation and responsibility to exhaust all the options", even though the numbers suggest he has little chance.

Mr Tsipras had won power on a manifesto of opposing the stringent austerity conditions that he has now accepted.

He said he was forced to do so because a majority of Greeks wanted to stay in the eurozone, and this could not be achieved in any other way.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34007859


Quote
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff that “Tsipras stepping down is part of the solution, not part of the crisis,” Rousseff told reporters in Brasilia.
http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-NTDWRX6S972B01-47SSD7E52PMRAMDI33DT68EPAJ


Quote
The 41-year-old Greek leader is still popular with voters for having at least tried to stand up to the country’s creditors and his leftwing Syriza party is likely to be returned to power in the imminent general election.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/20/greek-bailout-alexis-tsipras-call-snap-elections

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 25 August, 2015 @ 20:17:04 »
Quote
Anti-euro, pro-drachma party Popular Unity told: form a government if you can
Party formed after split from Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza, unlikely to succeed

A previous attempt by Evangelos Meimarakis, who heads the centre-right New Democracy party, ended in failure earlier on Monday after he was unable to muster the necessary MPs for a working majority in the 300-member parliament.

Many Greeks would not want to see their country exit the euro area – a course Popular Unity believes would be preferable to the stringent terms set as the condition for remaining in the euro – but they have been shocked by Syriza’s embrace of the policies it had pledged to oppose.

The prospect of Greece being plunged into further instability was reinforced by leading Syriza cadres who said the crisis-plagued country may well be forced to go to elections again if next month’s vote is inconclusive.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/24/anti-euro-pro-drachma-party-told-form-a-government-if-you-can

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 @ 20:01:57 »
Quote
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is expected on Friday to call a snap election for next month, an official at the presidency told Reuters, ending fruitless coalition efforts among parties deeply divided over the country's new bailout.

Following last week's resignation of leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Pavlopoulos asked a conservative and a radical left leader to try to form a new government and thereby avoid another election just seven months after the previous poll.

The official stressed on Wednesday that the timetable could still change, but said Pavlopoulos intended to appoint a caretaker premier, Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou, on Friday. Thanou would become Greece's first female prime minister, albeit briefly.

"The same day the president will announce the election date and it will probably be Sept. 20," the official said.

SYRIZA says it is aiming for an outright majority, although the strength of its support is unclear due to a lack of surveys by leading pollsters in the past month. Last week, 25 out of SYRIZA's 149 lawmakers walked out to form a new anti-bailout party.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/200911/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-president-expected-to-formally-call-election-on-friday


Quote
Fifty-three members of SYRIZA's central committee, including Euro MP Nikos Chountis, resigned Wednesday slamming the leftist party's U-turn on its election promises.

The 53 are expected to join Popular Unity, the newly-formed SYRIZA splinter party led by former energy minister Panayiotis Lafazanis.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/200910/article/ekathimerini/news/massive-defection-from-syrizas-central-committee

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday, 27 August, 2015 @ 23:07:12 »
Quote
First female prime minister for Greece announced
Vassiliki Thanou, president of the country’s supreme court, will head the caretaker government until the elections, expected next month
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/27/first-female-prime-minister-for-greece-announced

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #5 on: Friday, 28 August, 2015 @ 14:47:58 »
Quote
Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party after next month's election but without the sizeable margin it was hoping for, the first major opinion poll since he resigned last week showed.

The poll also found that almost two thirds of voters felt Tsipras should not have sought a fresh mandate and that his favored coalition ally would not make it into parliament, suggesting his gamble to call early elections to consolidate his power base could backfire.

Syriza was supported by 23 percent of those polled, with the conservative New Democracy party second on 19.5 percent, according to the survey, carried out by pollsters ProRata and published in Friday's Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper.

The previous ProRata poll in early July showed a wider gap in Syriza's favor, putting the party on 26 percent compared with 15 percent for New Democracy.

Based on the survey, 64 percent of Greeks believe Tsipras's move to call snap polls was wrong, while 68 percent agreed that Greece must stay in the euro zone at any cost, even if that meant further austerity.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/28/us-eurozone-greece-poll-idUSKCN0QX0DM20150828

Offline Bryan-in-Kilkis

  • Global Moderator
  • Forum Hero
  • *****
  • Posts: 222
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 28 August, 2015 @ 16:58:31 »
I wonder if people will vote for him on the basis that he is the first world leader to manage to turn his country into a cashless society within the space of six months?   :oki:

Offline expat

  • Forum Hero
  • *****
  • Posts: 228
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #7 on: Friday, 28 August, 2015 @ 18:13:48 »
Well, the other two parties managed to turn Greece into a bent as a nine bob note country!
Maybe the cashless society is a cunning plan to stop bribery, he did say he would stop corruption! :rofl:

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 02 September, 2015 @ 21:26:34 »
Quote
Greece's Syriza party falls behind conservatives in latest poll
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/02/us-eurozone-greece-newdemocracy-idUSKCN0R21ZS20150902

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 05 September, 2015 @ 21:08:43 »
Quote
Alexis Tsipras faces shock election defeat as voters on course to punish Syriza at the ballot box
Neutered Leftist party set to lose power to pro-euro conservatives on September 20, according to latest polls
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11844657/Alexis-Tsipras-faces-shock-election-defeat-as-voters-on-course-to-punish-Syriza-at-the-ballot-box.html

Offline TonyKath

  • Global Moderator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 1964
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 19 September, 2015 @ 12:39:36 »
Quote
A flurry of late polls on Friday appeared to show Greece’s election shifting in favour of Alexis Tsipras’ leftist Syriza party, as the former prime minister prepared to address the party faithful in a final rally before the weekend vote.    His conservative rival remained within spitting distance, however, after a three-week campaign in which the two men’s ratings have rarely been more than a half a point apart.    None of the surveys suggested either Tsipras or New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis would win an outright majority in Sunday’s election, setting the scene for coalition talks once the result becomes clear early on Monday.
 
Tsipras led in six polls released on Friday evening -- the last day in which polling and campaign are allowed -- trending further ahead of conservatives and with the last poll giving him a 2.5 percentage point lead.    Meimarakis won a single poll on Friday, the first of the day.  The evening shift appeared to back Tsipras’ earlier claim that there was a large group of silent supporters ready to vote for Syriza.    "There is a voting body that is below the radar, it is not being traced," Tsipras told Greece’s ANT 1 television.
 
Neither party is expected to secure the roughly 38 percent vote share needed for a majority in the 300-seat parliament, meaning a coalition is a near certainty.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/201694/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-election-polls-swing-towards-syriza-as-campaigning-ends

8 months is a long time in politics as they say.

Tony

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 19 September, 2015 @ 15:54:38 »
If I remember, the polls weren't too accurate when Tsipras won and there could well be a large number of voters floating below the radar. Which way they'll vote... of if they will vote... I'm wondering if people aren't getting a bit tired of toothpick election promises: used and broken.
:dunno:

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 20 September, 2015 @ 22:19:08 »
Quote
Greek elections live: Tsipras vows to form new government after opposition concedes defeat
Voter turnout could be the lowest in history with Syriza emerge as clear victors.
Follow for latest updates from Athens
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11877658/Greece-elections-results-live.html

Looks like Kef stayed with Syriza

Offline TonyKath

  • Global Moderator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 1964
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #13 on: Monday, 21 September, 2015 @ 01:53:35 »
Quite a surprise result with Syriza having not that many seats fewer than in January. 

And why is Tsipras planning on a further coalition with ANEL when Potami have one seat more?!  OK ANEL are more strongly anti EU but the rest of their policies are well out of kilter with Syriza.

Tony

Offline Maik

  • Administrator
  • Forum Deity
  • *****
  • Posts: 18735
Re: Early elections ahead?
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday, 23 September, 2015 @ 23:51:11 »