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PASOK chides ousted MP Tzakri for not backing coalition

PASOK spokesman Odysseas Konstantinopoulos has slammed former Socialist MP Theodora Tzakri for voting against the government in Sunday’s censure motion ballot.

Tzakri was expelled from PASOK’s parliamentary party over her decision, reducing the government’s presence in Parliament to 154 MPs. Konstantinopoulos noted that Tzakri had backed Greece’s EU-IMF bailouts in the past.

“At a crucial time for the country, now that we are coming out of the memorandum, she chose the easy option,” he said, who also lambasted other PASOK lawmakers who left the party since June 2012.

“Some of them want to become mayors, others SYRIZA MPs,” said the PASOK spokesman. “I wish them luck. No job is shameful.”

SYRIZA MP Giorgos Stathakis, meanwhile, admitted that the anti-government rally SYRIZA organized on Sunday evening did not have the kind of turnout the party wanted.

“It was a respectable gathering but not as big as we wanted,” he said. “This is a society that has been isolated after three years of dramatic events. We shouldn’t kid ourselves about that.”

Only a few thousand people are estimated to have taken part in the demonstration.