“The citizens made their choices. The people’s verdict is by us fully respected,” stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday night, in a press conference conceding defeat in the 2019 national elections.
“In democracy, the change in governance is the essence of democracy,” he said, adding that on Monday he will receive New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos mansion.
SYRIZA, he added, will remain a strong presence as the main opposition, to prevent expressions of revanchism against social conquests.
“The Greece that we are delivering to the new government is nothing like Greece as it was handed over to us,” Tsipras said, adding that ND’s predominance is clear but the result of the election is not a strategic defeat for SYRIZA that many had wanted and striven to bring about.
“I will struggle hard in order for SYRIZA and the Progressive Alliance to become a major progressive democratic party with responsibility for the present and the future of the country. We will work hard and with persistence in order for ND’s victory to be proved temporary,” he said.
“In my life and my political career I have learned to fight. Anyone who does not fight does not make mistakes. Anyone who struggles knows how to win and also knows how to lose,” Tsipras said and concluded: “But most of all, he learns to stand up again when he falls and continue fighting. That’s what I’m going to do, that’s what we are going to do.
Concluding, SYRIZA’s leader said that his party continue to be here, stronger and more experienced, to continue the struggle.