Greece: elections, a ''forced'' coalition government

Only solution to keep the country from default

02 May, 16:52

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MAY 2 - Greece's new government that will be elected in the ballot of May 6 will almost certainly be a ''forced'' coalition government formed by the two largest parties, Nea Democratia (centre-right ) and the socialist Pasok party, because this appears to be the only solution able to keep the country from a default and allowing it to stay in the EU. In fact, according to the six most recent polls - the figures of which cannot be published by law less than 15 days before the vote - the upcoming elections will radically change Greece's political stage, reaching a goal that has never been reached before due to the absence of a more just electoral law (never supported by the two largest parties): the end of the two-party system and the formation of a new political culture on the way a modern country should be ruled. In the past one of the country's two largest parties always won the elections: Pasok, created by Andreas Papandreou, or Nea Dimocratia, founded by Constantinos Karamanlis. The two political parties alternated power in Greece for nearly four decades with results everyone can see: a destroyed Greek economy, as well as other problems. All six surveys confirm that probably ten parties will be represented in the new parliament instead of five, which shows that the only option to rule Greece will be to form a coalition government. But the polls have also found a clear contradiction in the electorate: despite the fact that most voters (around 75%) say that they want a Pasok-Nea Dimocratia coalition - which would guarantee that the austerity measures will continue to be implemented, allowing Greece to stay in the eurozone - at the same time a majority of people state they will not to vote for either of these, but for one of the parties that have spoken out against the Memorandum. Meanwhile the debate between the leaders of the two majority parties, Pasok's Evangelos Venizelos and Antonis Samaras of Nea Dimocratia is becoming more and more heated. But both leaders know very well that the result of the election will force them to work together. (ANSAmed).


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