Democratic Left rejects cooperation with SYRIZA even after possible elections

The leader of the Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis on Monday afternoon rejected the likelihood of cooperating with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in the event that Greece goes to a second round of elections with unclear results.

Speaking on Real FM radio station, Kouvelis, criticized second-placed SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras for failing to agree to the formation of a unity government with first-placed New Democracy and third-placed PASOK, in which Democratic Left also said it would participate, arguing that SYRIZA’s absence from such a coalition government would render it too weak to have any real decision-making power.

“Such a government would be too fragile and would be at risk of collapsing the day after it is born,» Kouvelis said, adding that Tsipras’s recalcitrant stance is a «public relations stunt.»

Kouvelis also said that given the current deadlock between the leaders of the country’s main political parties, it is very likely that Greece will have to hold a second round of elections in June.