Greece, who is the shipowner candidate for Syriza. Kasselakis, Tsipras’ heir | EUROtoday

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The key factors

  • He is the favourite with 45% of the preferences obtained in the first spherical
  • The competitor is the former Minister of Labor Achtsioglou
  • Greece faces a scorching autumn of strikes and protests

A scorching autumn is looming for Greece. Not on the climate entrance, however socially. The common strike introduced Athens and the fundamental Greek cities to their knees. This is additionally why Sunday’s poll, which can designate the new chief of Tsipras, the left-wing Hellenic occasion, takes on nationwide and worldwide significance.
The conservative authorities of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pronounces necessary adjustments to labor laws. A form of Jobs Act which forces some classes to additionally work on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to air site visitors controllers, ferry and public transport employees additionally plan to fold their arms, as do public service employees, together with lecturers and hospital employees
The Merchant Navy Union stated: “The new bill imposes 13 hours of work per day and 78 hours of work per week. It abolishes breaks at work and weekends”.

The proprietor lives in Miami

This is additionally why Sunday’s poll to designate the new chief of Syriza, the left-wing occasion lengthy led by Alexis Tsipras, is of significance. The persona of the week is Stefanos Kasselakis, the favorite, who obtained 45% of the votes in the first spherical, forward of former Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou who obtained 36%. A “sui generis” candidate for Syriza who in the previous has been capable of coagulate an anti-system consensus. Yes, as a result of Kasselakis, 35 years outdated, is a Cretan millionaire, resident in Miami, the son of shipowners, educated in the United States, the place he labored for Goldman Sachs. He is married to an American nurse, he is the first brazenly homosexual man to run for management of a Greek occasion. Kasselakis’ private historical past, in keeping with many European media, is paying homage to that of the Secretary of the Democratic Party, Elly Schlein. His candidacy, which arrived just a few days earlier than the vote, stunned many Greek analysts. Kasselakis’ announcement was this: “The country deserves to soon have a progressive government, which puts people at the center and knows how to manage the future, resources and solve problems”, he declared yesterday after voting, hoping for “a patriotic and modern left of government”.

Tsipras’ farewell after the defeat, “now a new cycle”

The post-Tsipras period

Former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who led Syriza from 2008 to 2023, suffered a heavy defeat in the June elections, the third in a row, and for this purpose he determined to resign. Achtsioglou was thought of the favourite till just a few weeks in the past, however Kasselakis’ shock candidacy reopens the recreation. The first spherical of the primaries recorded a turnout increased than anticipated. Overall, 146,635 individuals voted. Kasselakis’ opponent, Achtsioglou, represents the continuity of Syriza. She is a labor lawyer, she was the youngest minister in the Tsipras authorities, accountable for the Ministry of Labor between 2016 and 2019, in the interval during which Greece was pressured to launch the reforms requested by the European Union, the ECB and International Monetary Fund in trade for the help that prevented its chapter. «Kasselakis – writes the Greek newspaper Kathimerini –, you say you left Greece “out of necessity”. Not solely due to financial issues, but in addition as a result of she could not stand the conservative Greek society during which she was afraid to speak about her sexual orientation. He is the first brazenly homosexual man to run for management of a Greek occasion. He declared that he needs “a patriotic and modern left-wing government” and that Greece “deserves to soon have a progressive government, which puts people at the center and knows how to manage the future, resources and solve problems”. Strong suspicions inside the Syriza occasion. Historical currents accuse him of being a public relations man and of ignoring the actual extent of the nation’s issues, the financial disaster that is affecting it. And to be at the service of non-transparent powers.

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