Democratic Left presents 7-point plan for unity government

The leader of the Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, has presented a seven-point plan that could serve as the basis for forming a unity government after the June 17 elections.

Democratic Left could end up playing a vital role in the formation of a government after the elections and Kouvelis has pledged that he will make every effort to ensure that Greece is not left ungoverned.

?The first thing that has to happen is for a government to be formed,? he said on Sunday. ?The question that dominates and has to be addressed to everyone is: ?Since there will be no clear majority, who will you work with??

?There is a question that precedes this, though: ?On which positions will you agree to govern??.?

The seven positions presented by Kouvelis are: cleaning up the political system, disengaging from the EU-IMF memorandum by 2017, overhauling Greece?s productive capacity, reorganizing agricultural development, ensuring citizens? safety, tackling illegal immigration, supporting and broadening social security and certain steps on foreign policy issues.

Among the proposals made by Democratic Left are: the introduction of a law allowing the assets of government members and senior civil servants who have served since 1974 to be inspected, scrapping ministerial and parliamentary immunity, reduction in MPs wages and end to pensions for parliamentarians, halving of state funding for parties, introduction of proportional representation, freezing of wage and pension cuts, cancelling of law lowering minimum wage, restoring collective contracts, increasing the tax-free threshold and taxing the Church of Greece?s assets and increasing the length of time unemployment benefits are paid.

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