Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday referred to a historic day for the Greek democracy.
In a statement after the failure of the Parliament to elect President of the Republic, Tsipras said: “Greek deputies, the democratic opposition parties proved that democracy can’t be blackmailed despite pressures or even plotting. When the vast majority of the Greek people are determined to put an end to the policies of the memoranda and austerity, the deputies can only meet their obligations and harmonize with the popular will. Today, the government of Mr Samaras, that has plundered the society for two and a half years and has already been committed to take new measures, is a thing of the past. With the will of our people, the austerity memoranda will also be a thing of the past in a few days. The future has already begun, be optimist and happy.”
Tsipras also expressed his “sorrow for the lives lost in Sunday’s accident with the burning ship as well as the hope that this painful adventure for hundreds of citizens will have a happy ending.”