The New Year is starting with higher hopes and greater prospects, SYRIZA Central Committee Secretary Panos Skourletis said on Wednesday.
“2019 will be a year of renewing popular trust in SYRIZA and its government,” he said, asserting that “the new year is starting with more hope, greater prospects and specific things that are showing change,” he said.
Skourletis said that several things would come to completion 2019, including the cycle of coalition rule by SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL), with a new reality forming new alliances. “This new ground will feature the juxtaposition of the progressive, leftist side and the neoliberal side,” he said and predicted “a new political stage even before the next national elections.”
He also expressed the conviction that the Prespes Agreement between Greece and FYROM will be ratified when it comes to the Greek parliament, with over 151 votes. Asked to comment on ANEL’s decision to vote down the Agreement, Skourletis acknowledged the political differences between the two parties and called on the junior coalition member to “avoid adopting a stance that would nullify in its very last year the progress of the joint rule that began in 2015 and brought specific results.”