SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras repeated his call for early elections on Saturday, accusing the government of being poised to beat a retreat in its negotiations with the troika. “We want elections now, before the new hard measures are agreed so Parliament can represent the popular will and can elect a president that truly has the backing of the popular majority,” said the opposition party chief in a speech in Lamia, central Greece. A Metron Analysis opinion poll published in Parapolitika newspaper on Saturday gave SYRIZA a 3.5 percentage point lead over New Democracy (24 against 20.5 percent).
Tsipras’s comments were immediately criticized by government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi, accusing him of “undermining” negotiations with the troika. “He is causing damage on purpose and is indifferent to the consequences,” she said.