OPINION

A dirty race of succession

It is a real shame that the democratic process is respected in PASOK only when it suits those who see the Socialist party as their own property to do with as they wish.

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou was twice elected leader of the party in a vote that included grassroots party members. Now he wants the candidate PASOK sends to general elections in the spring to be elected exclusively by the party officials and the election of a party president to be put off until after the general elections.

With his stance, Papandreou is unfortunately illustrating with what ease and at what risk he is ready to toy with vital institutions when it is about protecting his own interests.

Greece certainly needs a healthy and powerful center-left party, but PASOK has no real future if its next chief is elected through a nefarious process and the people become convinced that its leadership will always be under the guardianship or supervision of one of the party?s founding family members.