SYRIZA lays out five points of Greek coalition talks

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the runner-up in the May 6 general elections Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), presented the five points along which his discussions with minority party leaders will develop as he tries to form a coalition government after frontrunner New Democracy failed at the task on Monday.

Following a meeting with President Karolos Papoulias, who delivered the mandate to Tsipras, the 38-year-old politician said that «this is a historic moment for the left and a great challenge for me."

Addressing the press from Parliament later and before embarking on a string of meetings with party and union leaders, Tsipras rejected the efforts of New Democracy and third-placed PASOK for a so-called «national salvation government,» saying that a coalition of conservative and centrist forces would be a government «for the salvation of the memorandum» and would violate the mandate of the people, who have, «rejected the bailout agreement with their vote."

Tsipras challenged the two parties, who have ruled Greece for the past three decades but suffered a crushing defeat at the May 6 polls, to rescind their letters of guarantee to creditors saying that Greece would abide in full to the terms of the bailout deal, «if they truly regret what they have done to the Greek people."

On his upcoming talks to explore whether he will be able to form a majority coalition with parties of the left and parties representing environmental concerns, the head of SYRIZA — which gleaned 16.78 percent at the ballot box and won 52 seats in the 300-seat Parliament — laid out the five points that will be the focus of discussions:

* The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that will impoverish Greeks further, such as cuts to pensions and salaries.

* The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that undermine fundamental workers’ rights, such as the abolition of collective labor agreements.

* The immediate abolition of a law granting MPs immunity from prosecution, reform of the electoral law and a general overhaul of the political system.

* An investigation into Greek banks, and the immediate publication of the audit performed on the Greek banking sector by BlackRock.

* The setting up of an international auditing committee to investigate the causes of Greece’s public deficit, with a moratorium on all debt servicing until the findings of the audit are published.

"We are not indifferent to whether the country will be governed or not, but we are primarily concerned with the direction in which the country will be governed and whether the people’s mandate will be respected,» Tsipras said.

The SYRIZA leader is expected to meet first with Fotis Kouvelis from Democratic Left (which received 6.1 percent of the vote and 19 seats) and then with Ecologist Greens (2.93 percent; no seats) representative Ioanna Kontouli and Social Pact (0.96 percent; no seats) president Louka Katseli. Earlier he spoke on the telephone with Greek Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga who rejected a face-to-face meeting.

Tsipras has indicated that he will use the full three days at his disposal to talk with all the party leaders, including those of New Democracy and PASOK, but barring Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn).

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  1. It is clear that with the election results leading to a political crisis which now matches its social crisis, Greece has entered into a pre-revolutionary period where “the ruled will no longer be ruled in the oldway and the rulers can no longer rule in the old way.

    The new June elections, in which Syriza is predicated to gather the greatest number of votes, and which will blow up the “Greece as a laboratory experiment” for the imperialist bourgeoisie, has the potential to open up a road to mass social and political mobilization unprecedented inEurope since the 1930’s. A victory of SYRIZA and the resulting government of the left, especially if as the polls are now showing that SYRIZA is making inroads into the industrial working class base of the secterian “Third Period” Stalinists of the Greek CP, will shake Europe to its core.
    The question facing the far left grouped in ANTARSYA, which has a great deal more influence in the mass movement that its electoral score would indicate, are faced with much the same dilemma as that faced by the French NPA confronted by the rise of the Front of the Left.
    On the one hand, a victory by Syriza would lead step by step into a repudiation of the debt and of the Memorandum of Austerity, a confrontation between the Greek workers and people on the one hand, and the whole of the European ruling classes on the other. Therefore, it is in the interest of the unity of the Greek workers that Antarsya support Syriza in the June elections.
    Moreover, the transitional program of dealing with the debt crisis, as outlined in the article above, is formulated in such a way that any attempt to blackmail the Greek people by threatening an expulsion of Greece from the EU and the Euro-bloc will be on the shoulders of the EU and especially the Merkle crowd, not that of Syriza. For no matter what one’s position on whether or not it is correct to sty in or pull out of the Euro-bloc, the Greek people themselves, AT THIS POINT, wish to “remain part of Europe”. The transitional nature of the governmental program of Syria, at the level of the austerity program of the Greek and European ruling classes will gather round it the workers and petite bourgois layers hammered by the crisis, and create a political bloc capable of mobilizing the whole Greek popular classes to confront its enemies head on.
    The electoral victory of Syriza will help unleash a level of popular mobilization which will bury the reformist trade union bureaucrats tied to PASOK, and at the same time consign the Stalinists of the KKE into political irrelevancy.
    The Greek people are rising, step by step taking the road of socialist revolution. The question is whether or not the revolutionary left can rise with them to build the social and political unity necessary to complete the tasks ahead.

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