Sunday Jan 25, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Parties at odds over referendum proposals on PPC selloff

The government has proposed a discussion in Parliament on Friday on whether a clutch of proposals by opposition parties for a debate on a referendum about the partial privatization of the Public Power Corporation can be approved but the main leftist opposition SYRIZA looked set to boycott the session.

A discussion between Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis and the House’s deputy speakers on Thursday ended in those aligned with the two coalition parties suggesting that the seven opposition proposals for a debate on a plebiscite for the PPC sell-off should not be counted as one proposal. They called instead for all the parties to sign the same proposal for a debate on the spinoff of 30 percent of PPC, a troika-mandated measure which was voted through Parliament on Wednesday.

The aim of this initiative, sources said, was to make SYRIZA appear to be cooperating with neofascist Golden Dawn, one of the seven parties calling for a referendum.

Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis said the signatures of the Communist Party (KKE) must be counted in the tally, otherwise his party would withdraw its proposal as the initiative would depend on GD.

The support of a minimum of 120 MPs is needed for Parliament’s plenary session, now in summer recess, to be recalled and a debate to begin. Without KKE, the number of MPs backing a debate on a plebiscite would be 127, which is adequate but would oblige other parties to cooperate with the neofascist GD. If KKE’s signatures are counted, the total is 123. But it remained doubtful whether KKE will agree to sign a common proposal with other parties.

SYRIZA, which was the first to propose a referendum, said it would not attend the Parliament session on Friday. One of its MPs, Panayiotis Lafazanis, accused the government of a “serious democratic derailment.”

Separately, DIMAR suffered a blow after two MPs – Grigoris Psarianos and Katerina Markou – quit, leaving the party with 11 lawmakers.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday Jul 10, 2014 (22:08)  
Greeks vote for reform path or defiance
Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
Tsipras aims for deal with lenders by this summer
New highway still in limbo
Draghi’s QE promise to Greece depends on debt-market math
Greece’s inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying plan this year doesn’t just depend on its new government sticking to a bailout program. It also relies on some debt-market arith...
Eurozone to discuss another extension
Monday’s Eurogroup will discuss the possibility of another extension to Greece’s bailout program in the aftermath of Sunday’s general election, even if it is not yet certain the next governm...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Olympiakos overcomes depleted OFI at Iraklio
Easy though it may seem, Olympiakos’s 3-0 win at depleted OFI Crete was rather difficult on Saturday, but was enough to keep the Reds on top on Saturday, as they have maintained their two-po...
BASKETBALL
Tremendous Spanoulis sweeps Laboral Kutxa
A hot second half was enough for Olympiakos to undo visiting Laboral Kutxa and score its fourth win in as many games at the second round of the Euroleague on Friday. The 76-64 final score wa...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The train
If we go by the polls, SYRIZA is set to win Sunday’s election and form a government. New Democracy did not really campaign, or perhaps it did so in a way that can only be explained if the pa...
EDITORIAL
The future is in your hands
On Sunday we will vote in a landmark and unique election. It is a landmark vote because what is at stake is whether Greece will be cut off from Europe’s core, whether certain necessary refor...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greeks vote for reform path or defiance
2. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
3. Olympiakos overcomes depleted OFI at Iraklio
4. Draghi’s QE promise to Greece depends on debt-market math
5. Tremendous Spanoulis sweeps Laboral Kutxa
6. Eurozone to discuss another extension
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
2. Greeks vote for reform path or defiance
3. Draghi’s QE promise to Greece depends on debt-market math
4. The train
5. The future is in your hands
6. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
Today
This Week
1. Piraeus Bank is third lender to request ELA
2. Grexit the only way out of ‘valley of tears,’ says Hans-Werner Sinn
3. Fitch lowers Greece credit outlook to 'negative'
4. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
5. No debt writedown or rolling back of reforms for Greece, says Finland's Stubb
6. Greeks fork out nearly 5 pct of their incomes on telecom services
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.