Crunch time for Potami as party congress begins

26 February 2016
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Potami on Friday launched a three-day congress aimed at clarifying its ideology and devising a strategy that will turn the centrists into a meaningful political force.

The party has been bogged down by poor election results and anemic polls, prompting some calls for founder and leader Stavros Theodorakis to step down.

Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a candidate with Potami in the last election, has said he will run for the post while, analysts say, a lot will depend on the stance of MP Haris Theocharis, the former general secretary of public revenues.

In comments made Thursday, Theodorakis appeared optimistic about the party’s future.

“Potami will not come apart. Potami must continue,” he said adding that the party had proposed concrete solutions to the different problems facing the country.

“We are hence necessary. Depending on the circumstances, depending on the obstacles, depending on the country’s needs, we will work with smaller or bigger parties,” said Theodorakis.

Several officials have suggested that Potami must work with other parties in order to survive. One problem is they are not all looking in the same direction.

Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and PASOK socialists chief Fofi Gennimata were both expected to attend Potami’s congress on Saturday.

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