Wednesday October 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
14o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Tsipras still leader but rifts remain

 SYRIZA congress underlines unity as well as growing appeal of more radical faction

Despite the confirmation of Alexis Tsipras’s leadership of SYRIZA by almost three quarters of the delegates at a congress on Sunday that had been aimed at unifying the left-wing party’s various groupings, the announcement of the official results Monday also underlined the apparent strengthening of one faction – the Aristeri Platforma (Left Platform), led by MP Panayiotis Lafazanis, which has proposed leaving open the option of Greece returning to the drachma.

After clinching 74.08 percent of the vote, Tsipras hailed the congress and his re-election at the helm of SYRIZA as a significant moment in Greek leftist politics.

“We took a historic step; from tomorrow we will set out on the road to victory more united and stronger than ever so that we can stop the social destruction and rebuild Greece,” the leftist leader said.

But the party appeared significantly less unified than its leader proclaimed. Twenty percent of delegates cast blank votes in the leadership vote. And in another vote, Lafazanis’s Left Platform boosted its control of the party’s central committee, increasing the proportion of seats it holds to 30.15 percent from 25 percent.

Lafazanis’s party described the outcome of the congress as “very positive,” noting that it confirmed the faction’s “large and growing appeal.”

However, the majority of delegates dismissed a proposal from Left Platform for SYRIZA to leave open the option of Greece returning to the drachma. They also voted to give the four SYRIZA factions refusing to disband another three months to decide whether they would be dissolved.

ekathimerini.com , Monday Jul 15, 2013 (22:31)  
Turkey to continue seismic surveys, Davutoglu says
EU’s Juncker wins Commission-team approval with investment vow
Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
EU´s Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs
Greece´s NBG says Turkish unit to issue new shares
Greece's biggest lender by assets National Bank said on Wednesday its Turkish unit Finansbank has submitted a plan to capital market authorities to raise up to 715 million Turkish lira (318....
At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
At least 11 banks from six European countries are set to fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend, Spanish news agency Efe reported, citing several unidentified financial sourc...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Olympiakos is once again in the lookout for a new coach after the refusal of PAOK to release Soulis Markopoulos, while Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos on Rhodes on Monday to become the only ...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Careful what you wish for
Everyone is in a rush to become prime minister in this country, as if they have not learned a single thing from its political history. While still in opposition, PASOK’s George Papandreou ma...
EDITORIAL
Taking care of our key industry
It’s time to face facts: Tourism is the country’s heavy industry. The sector’s considerable contribution has served as a stabilizing factor for the local economy, essentially placing the cou...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Turkey to continue seismic surveys, Davutoglu says
2. EU’s Juncker wins Commission-team approval with investment vow
3. Greece´s NBG says Turkish unit to issue new shares
4. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
5. Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
6. Prudential holds on to shorter-maturity Greek bonds amid selloff
more news
Today
This Week
1. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
2. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
3. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
4. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
5. EU’s Juncker wins Commission-team approval with investment vow
6. EU's Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
3. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
4. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
5. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
6. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.