Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday repeated his government’s determination to run the full course of its four-year term in statements while wishing reporters a happy New Year, after the end of a holiday celebration at the Maximos Mansion.
“We are looking for an October date for elections,” the prime minister said, to questions about when the general elections will be held.
Tsipras was also asked about the Prespes Agreement and whether this might be tabled in parliament for ratification before March, replying that the “vote will be held in good time” and saying that he had not yet decided whether it might be tabled before March.
Questioned about reports of a delay in voting on the protocol for the neighbouring country’s accession to NATO, the prime minister dismissed these as “nonsense” and said that a few days will intervene between the vote on the Agreement and ratification of the protocol for technical reasons.
Tsipras also commented on his plans to visit Istanbul, saying that this might take place in early February instead of January.
2019 a year of hope, optimism and expectation
This will be the first year that the struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people brought results, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday in his New Year’s message.
“This is a year of hope, optimism, expectation and creativity,” he said. “This makes sense, because it it the first after 8 years when Greece is no longer in the stranglehold of loan memoranda. It is the first New Year’s day when we can say that the struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people brought results,” he added.
Contrary to prophets of doom, the country is now independent to plan its own future, placing the labourer at the centre. He added that in 2019 the battle of labour will be won and the reduction of unemployment will speed up.