Potami leader confirms party’s independent membership within new Movement for Change

Potami will continue to fight its progressive battles within the centre-left Movement for Change (MFC), Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis told News247 radio on Monday, a day after the completion of the new party’s founding congress.

He added that Potami’s parliamentary group would not merge with Democratic Rally’s group, but that they have common positions.

Asked to comment about the guest speeches from the ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition and main opposition New Democracy at the congress, Theodorakis said, “We have no reason to identify with the policies of SYRIZA-ANEL, and neither of course with the conservative policies of New Democracy.”

The goal is to have the MFC become the third largest party in votes in Greece, “something that all democratic citizens wish for,” he said.

The MFC includes PASOK-Democratic Coalition leader Fofi Gennimata, PASOK-Olive Tree Eurodeputy Nikos Androulakis, Potami party head Stavros Theodorakis, Democratic Left (DIMAR) party head Thanasis Theocharopoulos, Athens Mayor George Kaminis and Democratic Socialists Movement leader George Papandreou.