No Tomorrow for the Greek Government?
In an unexpected turn of events, governmental parliamentarian Ms. Milena Apostolaki announced earlier today her independence from the governing party's parliamentary group, in response to the sudden announcement, yesterday evening, from the part of the Prime Minister Ms George Papandreou the decision to conduct a referendum with the question of whether or not the Greek people should accept the latest bailout plan that was adopted by the EU.
Ms. Apostolaki in her two page letter of intentions states in no uncertain terms that she is not willing to accept institutional misuse. “…it is unacceptable to use the institutions as tools to pursue certain goals” she said and continued that “…the timing is critical and the citizens are in need of being represented by the parliamentarians that they have chosen”. This latest development leaves the Government party in Greece with a small majority of 152 representatives, and creates serious doubts for the viability of the Greek government.
Following the actions of Ms Apostolaki, another governmental parliamentarian, Ms Eva Kaili announced, in turn, that she will also follow the same course of action if the decision for the referendum is finally implemented. In her own letter towards the PM she said “I consider obvious Dear President that the plans for the referendum will be abandoned immediately and explicitly and the national interest will prevail”.
Furthermore, other politicians in and out of the Socialist party are questioning openly the choice of the PM for referendum and asking either for elections as soon as possible or a new “salvation” multi-party government, in order to lead Greece throughout this phenomenal crisis. In light of the recent developments the PM Ms. Papandreou called an emergency meeting of the cabinet for later today, with all the scenarios open in the agenda.