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article imageGreek elections: Communists rule out any coalition with SYRIZA

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 13, 2012 in Politics
Athens - Election confusion remains high in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left, SYRIZA, announced he may be willing to form a coalition with KKE, the Communist party. Hours later the KKE renounced such a claim.
An inconclusive first election in Greece resulted in the inability of the three leading parties to form a workable coalition government. Now, just days before the electorate turn out for a second time, uncertainty regarding the outcome still prevails.
Digital Journal reported that Alexis Tsipras, confident of a leftist victory on Sunday, announced he may be willing to work with the Communist party. It appears that dialogue between the two parties must be somewhat confused though as Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece, ruled out working with SYRIZA.
Athens News reported Papariga said "KKE's participation in a government with a mistaken line and without being able to trust those that participate in it, would mean a nullification of its historic role".
She went on to say KKE will "exercise its historic responsibility within the popular movement, in conditions of heightened capitalist crisis, utilising all options".
Quite why Tsipras thought the KKE would rally to his call is unclear. As Leninoloy pointed out KKE actually denounces SYRIZA more than it does Golden Dawn or either of the pro-bailout parties.
Meanwhile Tsipras has ruled out forming a coalition with either of the two traditional parties, PASOK and New Democracy, due to their commitment to the bailout memorandum. Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left, has expressed his willingness to form a coalition with SYRIZA. Kouvelis refused to form a coalition without SYRIZA following the first failed election.
SYRIZA may well be hurt by the defection of one of its political candidates, Nikos Hanias, who withdrew his support for the far-left with the announcement that SYRIZA was "extremely dangerous for the Greek people and its future," proclaiming if the party was elected "if only for an hour" it would be catastrophic for "Greece and our children".
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