Greece: elections; Syriza's secretary Koronakis resigns

Turmoil and tension within the governing party are growing

25 August, 10:18

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, AUGUST 25 - Monday's political secretariat meeting was rather difficult for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, as party secretary Tasos Koronakis submitted his resignation after expressing his opposition to the party's official line. The resignation of Koronakis, as To Vima online notes, is significant and indicative of the tension within the governing party, as he was considered one of Tsipras' close allies and supporters. In his letter of resignation Koronakis explains his disagreement with recent decisions, which he feels are undermining the party. Koronakis admits that the party's negotiation strategy failed and criticized the decision to go to elections without discussing it internally beforehand and ignoring the Central Committee decisions. Koronakis was also highly critical of Panagiotis Lafazanis and the Left Platform officers who left to form the Popular Union, noting that "they seemed prepared for this clash, often with unbecoming - for our party - behaviors, ultimately finalizing the breakup". The frustration expressed by the former party secretary over Tsipras' decisions regarding the bailout and snap election may suggest that Syriza may break up into three. (ANSAmed).

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