To Potami chief to meet with Papoulias on Thursday

Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the centrist To Potami party, will on Thursday meet with the country’s President Karolos Papoulias, the party has said in a tweet.

Papoulias, whose term ends in March, held separate meetings with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday. A day later, Papoulias met with Democratic Left (DIMAR) chief Fotis Kouvelis who has figured as a possible successor.

On Tuesday, To Potami said a snap poll, triggered by a failure to elect a new President, would be against Greece’s interests.

“Geostrategic developments mean that the country cannot afford for a single moment to be left at the same time without a government and a President,” it said.

“Parties’ behavior in the run-up to the elections will show who is interested in the common good and who is only interested in acquiring power,” it said.

SYRIZA has said it will block the election of a new President in a bid to trigger an early national election.

A recent opinion poll put To Potami on third place with 6 percent, ahead of neo-fascist Golden Dawn and the Greek Communist Party (KKE).

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