Anti-bailout party Independent Greeks loses second MP in a week

Right-wing anti-austerity bailout party Independent Greeks lost its second MP in a week on Tuesday when Mika Iatridi quit the grouping, claiming it had “lost its direction.”

“The result of the European elections showed categorically that our message to citizens is not clear,” she said. Independent Greeks received just 3.4 percent of the vote in the May 25 vote.

Iatridi follows Vassilis Kapernaros, who departed last week after claiming the party had not supported him properly in the contest for the Attica governorship.

The party is now down to 13 MPs, meaning it has lost seven parliamentarians – more than any other party – since winning 7.5 percent of the vote in the June 2012 general elections.