Democratic Left’s Kouvelis sees no return to a coalition government

Fotis Kouvelis, leader of Democratic Left (DIMAR), a former government partner, said on Wednesday he would turn down any invitation to return to a new coalition administration.

Speaking at a televised news conference on Wednesday, ahead of Sunday’s local government and European Parliament elections, Kouvelis noted that New Democracy and PASOK had strayed from policy agreements when DIMAR was part of the government. He cited the closure of former state broadcaster ERT last year and certain privatization plans as examples.

Asked whether the party would enter an agreement with SYRIZA, Kouvelis noted that the main opposition party’s positions on key issues had yet to be finalized and, therefore, left no ground for the two parties to work together.

Kouvelis also slammed the polarization strategy adopted by both New Democracy and SYRIZA ahead of Sunday’s ballot.

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