DIMAR defection fuels upheaval

Democratic Left (DIMAR) on Tuesday saw its presence in Parliament shrink to 10 after prominent MP Spyros Lykoudis quit, a move that boosted the number of independent MPs in the 300-seat House to 25.

According to sources, the former DIMAR secretary plans to set up his own party, with an announcement due later this month. Another DIMAR MP and close friend of Lykoudis’s, Niki Founta, is also rumored to be planning to leave.

Lykoudis’s departure comes amid growing strife in the party, which was part of the ruling coalition until its leader, Fotis Kouvelis, quit last year to protest the closure of state broadcaster ERT. It also comes amid rumors that the government might propose Kouvelis to replace President Karolos Papoulias when the latter’s term ends in February.

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