Zoe sets fire to SYRIZA by revealing the inside story

3 February 2016
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Former Greek Parliamentary speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou has single-handedly caused her old cronies to tremble with revelations that she has written messages by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras concerning the turbulent July-August period of 2015 that led the country to a referendum prior to the government’s U-turn when signing the third bailout package for Greece.

Shockwaves ran through the inner circles of the SYRIZA party when Konstantopoulou posted an article on her website, titled “Who’s Afraid of the Truth?”

The article shed light on the inside story of SYRIZA’s capitulation and questioned Tsipras’ own failure to pursue the right government policies following the January 25, 2015, election. The post was in response to an interview by her successor, current Speaker of the House, Nikos Voutsis, who was interviewed by Greek daily Kathimerini on Sunday.

He maintained that Konstantopoulou had overstepped boundaries but he refused to refer to specific incidents so as to not cause problems to the left.

Konstantopoulou maintained that on the night of July 9, following the referendum where 63% of the population voted “No” to austerity prior to the signing of the third bailout she heard Tsipras say that “either a National Unity government or Dictatorship” would be able to live up to the situation.

She maintains on her blog that Tsipras and his inner circle functioned in secrecy with disregard for democratic procedures and condemns this as a betrayal of the party’s vision and comrades just so that he could remain in power.

She claims that Tsipras and his inner circle had considered the “Thessaloniki program” promised to the Greek people was just hot air.

Apart from her post, Konstantopoulou told private SKAI radio station that the stand of Tsipras in the summer of 2015 was “a choice of full surrenders to creditors that knelled the full destruction of society. It was not something unforeseen but something predictable after an experience of 5 years of memorandums.”

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