ANEL leader Panos Kammenos has stressed the importance of his party seeing out the coalition with SYRIZA until the next general election. The hard-left SYRIZA has been in government with the right-wing party since 2015, as the former did not win enough seats to govern alone.
Kammenos, who is also the defence minister, told reporters of the need for unity despite the various disagreements that he and prime minister Alexis Tsipras have had over the course of the coalition. The most recent issue has been of the ongoing talks with FYROM over the name dispute. He made it clear that his party, along with the vast majority of Greeks, remain firmly opposed to the use of the word ‘Macedonia’ in any solution.
“We have made it clear that we do not accept any solution that includes the term “Macedonia”,” Kammenos said. “Neither north, nor south nor east nor west. Macedonia is one and is Greek. From that point on we expect Skopje to make some constitutional changes. Let’s see. A prerequisite for a solution is constitutional changes in FYROM. Mr Tsipras and Mr Kotzias have set this condition. Let’s see what steps the other side will take.”
The next general election isn’t due to be held before next year. The main opposition New Democracy have maintained a healthy lead in the polls with the most recent one giving them a 10% points advantage over SYRIZA.