Will new parliamentary elections save Greece?
In Greece, Alexis Tsipras' government, which did not have a parliamentary majority, has resigned. In connection with this, a constitutional mechanism for formation of the new government was launched: President Prokopis Pavlopoulos must propose the formation of a cabinet of ministers, supported by Parliament, within three days, to three of the most numerous parliamentary groups. Today, the leader of main Greek opposition party 'New Democracy', Vangelis Meimarakis, received a mandate for the creation of a government.
"After meeting with you (with the president), and after receiving the mandate, I will hold talks with leaders of the parliamentary parties to discuss the possibility of forming a government within the existing Parliament. Elections would be disastrous for the country," TASS quoted him as saying.
It is assumed that the parties 'New Democracy', 'Potami' and 'Golden Dawn' will receive mandate in turn. In addition, 25 MPs of SYRIZA, who organize an independent parliamentary group headed by Panagiotis Lafazanis, will be able to claim the right to form a cabinet.
If none of the parties is able to create their own government, the country will held early parliamentary elections. According to the media, they can be assigned to September 20.
Senior researcher at the Center for European Studies of MGIMO of the MFA of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Olenchenko, in an interview with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza assessed the probability of one of the opposition parties being able to form a government as fairly high, but stressed that this does not mean a radical change in the position of Greece in relation to creditors. "This option cannot be excluded. It is one of the scenarios," he pointed out.
"Creditors are concerned about Greece's tough stance in defending their rights. Indeed, it is the undoubted merit of Tsipras that Greece has become more respected and people became more attentive to its needs. Some suggest that if Tsipras is not prime minister or the party headed by him loses power, then the position of Greece could change. And in this connection, the chances of whether the other party will be able to form a government are considered," the expert explained.