October 31, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou
Today’s crucial vote in the Greek Parliament on a series of reforms imposed by Troika , ended up as a slap for Samaras tripartite government. It is the first time since the intervention of Troika-IMF in the country in 2010, that the “cracks” in the government’s cohesion are so serious that finally the bills were not approved. Particularly two bills on a reform regarding the unified insurance authority EOPPY and another one -more controversial- regarding cuts in the wages of 60.000 Ministries’ employees did not gain the representatives’ support not only by those from the Opposition but also of many from the coalition parties PASOK and Democratic Left. (1) On what concerns the second bill on wages cuts, the spokesperson and the President of Independent Greeks Party accused the Parliament President (member of the ruling party) for a parliamentary coup d’ etat (2)
MPs and members of PASOK and Democratic Left are very skeptical about the fact that their two leaders , Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis in retrospect, were absent from the Parliament during the vote. Especially the situation in PASOK seems to be chaotic and the party is only one step before the total collapse; later this afternoon a special session is expected under Venizelos, in a desperate attempt to save his party cohesion. Even the well respected and three times gold medalist MP, Pyrros Dimas is one of the 15 out 33 PASOK MPs who voted against the bills. (3) On the other hand Nea Dimokratia MPs like Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the fanatic neoliberal wing, are furious and somehow in a state of panic ,stating that those who voted against should “feel shame” (4) Main Opposition party SYRIZA-EKM MP implied that populists and linked to interests are those “who sometimes vote for and other times vote against the bills. SYRIZA has clearly rejected the bills from the beginning” (5)
Greek government is facing a significant defeat within the Parliament and the two minor parties of coalition are in a very difficult position. This defeat raises serious questions whether the Parliament will approve the Troika package of cuts in next week’s crucial vote, which is a prerequisite if Athens wants to get the next loan payment according to the country’s creditors. In the meantime the social pressure is escalating day by day and next week a national 48 hours strike is expected from the trade unions.
(1) http://www.zougla.gr/politiki/article/ne-stis-apokratikopisis-oxi-stin-tropologia article on the parliament vote (in Greek)
(2) http://www.madatoforos.com/2012/10/4_31.html#.UJFDs2_MiKV Panos Kammenos, President of Independent Greeks denounces the parliamentary coup d’ etat (in Greek)
(3) http://www.tsantiri.gr/politiki/449200-ektakti-synedriasi-tis-ko-toy-pasok-gia-tin-eikona-dialysis.html PASOK crisis (in Greek)
(4) http://www.tsantiri.gr/politiki/449172-kyriakos-mitsotakis-ntropi-se-osoys-katapsifisan-tin-tropologia-gia-ton-eopyy.html Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the neoliberal wing of Nea Demokratia party reacts; (in Greek)
(5) http://www.facebook.com/DimitrisPapadimoulis official statement made by SYRIZA-EKM MP Mr. Papadimoulis through his Facebook page (in Greek) “Ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ καταψήφισε εξ αρχής τη συγκρότηση του ΕΟΠΥΥ. Στα περί στήριξης συντεχνιών ας απαντήσουν όσοι λένε πότε ναι και πότε όχι στο θέμα.”
(6) http://www.iapopsi.gr/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=15679:gsee-adedy-48vrh-apergia-stiw-6-kai-7-noembrioy&Itemid=6 trade union strike on 6th and 7th November.