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PASOK pledges support to SYRIZA, nixes power-sharing government

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PASOK will vote for a raft of reforms expected in Parliament this week after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed a preliminary bailout deal with international creditors that demands a series of legislative actions before a new program is finalized, but it will not agree to a power-sharing government Kathimerini understands.

Recently elected socialist leader Fofi Gennimata is expected to tell Tsipras on Tuesday that he can rely on the continued support of the party’s 13 MPs in the 300-seat House, who backed on Friday a proposal presented by the prime minister for continued negotiations with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Gennimata, however, is also expected to tell Tsipras that her party would not take part in a power-sharing government in the event that the prime minister reaches out to parties to bolster his majority in Parliament. Sources suggested that PASOK is hesitant to take on the political cost of a third round of tough austerity after seeing its popularity plummet since the start of the crisis.

Meanwhile, former minister and PASOK heavyweight Andreas Loverdos has called for SYRIZA’s ex-Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to appear before a  parliamentary committee investigating Greece's bailout over his recent comments suggesting that he had been considering the possibility of a Greek exit from the eurozone.