SYRIZA won't scrap memorandum, says Drasi's Manos

Stefanos Manos, the leader of the small liberal party Drasi, claims that leftist SYRIZA will not scrap Greece?s bailout if it comes to power because it is the only way it can guarantee salaries for its supporters in the civil service.

?SYRIZA has taken over, mainly from PASOK, the patronage of the status quo created by labor groups,? he told party supporters during a rally on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, Manos repeated his position in an interview with Skai TV. «SYRIZA's customers are the civil servants, public enterprise employees and academics. [Alexis] Tsipras has to ensure that he can pay their wages. I wouldn't worry at all [about the bailout being rejected]."

Manos said that the real issue at these elections was not whether parties favour the memorandum or not. ?The issue is restoring the balance between the rights and responsibilities of the privileged in the public sector and those without privileges in the productive sectors of the economy,? he said.

Drasi is cooperating with pro-business Dimiourgia Xana (Recreate Greece) and the Liberal Alliance for the June 17 elections.