Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou appeared to rule out on Friday the possibility that national elections would be called if Golden Dawn MPs quit Parliament.
The far right party’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos said on Thursday that “all options are open” after a crackdown on Golden Dawn’s activities in the wake of rapper Pavlos Fyssas being murdered by one of the group’s members.
There has been speculation that if all of the party’s 18 MPs quit, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras would call snap general elections. Speaking to Star TV, Kedikoglou said that by-elections would be held instead.
“Democracy cannot be blackmailed,” he said. “Justice will complete the task it has undertaken.
“If we need to have by-elections, they will be held in the constituencies where MPs have to be replaced.”