Potami leader open to idea of forging centrist alliance


Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis declared himself prepared to discuss the creation of a new centrist party on Friday as his own grouping began its three-day congress.

Theodarakis, whose party has been performing poorly in recent opinion polls, said that he had spoken in recent days to numerous figures on the center-left and center-right, who he described as “natural allies.” He proposed the creation of a “council of the center” to discuss ways of uniting these forces.

He said that the reforms needed in Greece require the formation of a government of the “broadest possible cooperation” that would represent “at least 51 percent of society.”

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and PASOK president Fofi Gennimata are due to speak at the congress on Saturday.

Gennimata is expected to propose cooperation between PASOK and Potami but is likely to stop short of suggesting that the two parties should unite.