In Sunday’s elections, the people of Greece chose to hand back the job of governing the country to SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras, and to give enough votes to Independent Greeks and its leader Panos Kammenos to get back into Parliament. This gives the two men the opportunity to form again the coalition that governed Greece between January and September this year.
The challenge these two unproven political leaders are taking on carries with it a massive responsibility as it was only in August that the country signed a third bailout deal with its European creditors. We should not forget that this agreement was responsible for averting Greece’s economic collapse and its potential exit from the eurozone.
The only way to avoid another misadventure like the one we experienced over the previous few months and to start putting the economy on a path to recovery is to begin implementing the new memorandum of understanding as soon as possible.
Let us hope that the tragic mistakes of the coalition’s last seven months in power will not be repeated and the new government will act more wisely.
It is vital that the second SYRIZA-Independent Greeks administration should seek to build as much consensus as possible for all the tough decisions it will have to make in the coming months.