Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos said that he will not pursue a further career in politics if his party does not achieve the 3-percent threshold needed to make into Parliament in Sunday’s general elections.
“If the men and women of Greece don’t want me in Parliament, I will not enter Parliament. I will retire from politics if we [Independent Greeks] do not make it into Parliament,” Kammenos told Antenna TV on Tuesday morning.
Kammenos, whose party was the junior partner in the previous coalition government with SYRIZA, said that public opinion polls showing the party at below 3 percent, “are probably trying to influence public opinion.”
He ruled out working with SYRIZA again if it were to team up with socialist PASOK, saying that “I will not sit on the same government as [Evangelos] Venizelos,” in reference to the former deputy prime minister and finance chief.
The head of the nationalist party added that he would be open to cooperation with center-right To Potami, “if it clarifies its position on national issues.”