Way opening for progressive reforms, PM tells SYRIZA Political Secretariat

Constitutional reform, changes to electoral constituencies and the Kleisthenes plan for local government are three essential reforms that the government has to push through at this time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in an address to a SYRIZA party Political Secretariat meeting on Saturday.

The prime minister highlighted the great prospects for progressive reforms in the period following Greece’s exit from the bailout programme.

The meeting was held to prepare for a meeting of SYRIZA’s Central Committee the following Saturday. According to sources in the party, this will focus on the issue of local government and the party’s strategy, with the prime minister emphasising that the issues at stake were a choice between progress and conservatism.

Tsipras said that SYRIZA must now “mobilise all its forces to build broad, progressive partnerships on a local level” in order to create a front against neoliberal ideologies and far-right populism.

According to the same sources, the prime minister also commented on Friday’s court decision regarding a Siemens kickbacks case, saying it was “offensive to any sense of justice” and proved that the battle against the old establishment that had bankrupt the country was ongoing.

The meeting was then briefed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on the progress of negotiations with the institutions, in preparation for the Eurogroup on May 24.