The year 2019 will be dominated by the upcoming elections, which may take place at any time, main opposition New Democracy shadow foreign minister George Koumoutsakos said on Wednesday, talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s Thessaloniki-based radio station ‘Praktoreio 104.9 FM’.
“ It is certain that this is an election, not pre-election, year. This arises from two things: first of all the end of this government’s term, followed by elections, and prior to that the European elections,” he noted, pointing out that both these elections are mandated by law. More than that, he added, “ the political dynamics will impose another rhythm and this rhythm is that elections may be held at any time.”
“ We believe that this year – and this is what we are preparing for – is a year when populism and the past will contend against a resposible and robust proposal of governance for a better future,” he said.
He predicted that 2019 will be a better year for all Greeks, especially the weakest members of society that had suffered the most during the crisis years, such as the unemployed and those needing support.
Referring to the Prespes Agreement, he said that the great majority of Greeks were opposed to it – including on the level of the present government’s coalition partner – and this would greatly weaken the government and meant that “ any development is possible.”
He said the government’s estimate that it could achieve the goal of finding 151 MPs to back the agreement was “ without foundation” and noted that the departure of its main coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL) during the vote, would lead to a period of minority government.
“ At this time when strong decisions are needed and many challenges must be faced abroad on all levels, Greece cannot be ruled by a minority government with a vote of tolerance. This scenario is therefore a scenario of a rapid acceleration of developments,” Koumoutsakos stated.