New right-wing party, RIZES, launched in Greece

A new right-wing party was created on Thursday.

It goes by the name Radical National Rally, or RIZES (Roots) for short.

Its founding charter was submitted to the Supreme Court but the party will not run in the upcoming general elections.

The president of its executive committee is former Independent Greeks MP Vassilis Kapernaros (photo), who is currently sitting as a nonaligned lawmaker.

The party’s charter was signed by 213 people but this did not include former cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos, who had announced in December that he would be launching the party.

“From today, we stand as a wall against those who serve German interests and who think that Greeks can live under a regime of fear, humiliation and no dignity,” said Kapernaros.

“We will not take part in these elections of bigotry and cheap fanaticism. We are preparing for the next elections.”