Tricky Tsipras wants snap elections to strengthen grip on power, but meets obstacles

Tricky Tsipras wants snap elections to strengthen grip on power, but meets obstacles

As a large majority of Germany’s parliament voted today in favour of the new bailout agreement with Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has encountered surprising obstacles in his latest grab for more power.

Tsipras’ plan to strengthen his grip on power by calling snap elections in September seems to have received a double blow after Germany and other creditors appear to have insisted that his government implements agreed reforms in time for a first review in October.

Not all aspects of the reforms are bad. Higher taxes for shipping magnets are planned, and an more equitable distribution of the tax burden is surely a good thing.

Also, planned is the introduction of a social security net in Greece, something that Tsipras and his banker friends will surely not be happy about, but which will help alleviate the hardship among so many people in Greece.

In a second setback for Tsipras, rebel Syriza MPs such as Stathis Leoutsakos indicated they may vote for Tsipras should he hold a vote of confidence even though they oppose the Tsipras’ bailout.

Voting in support of Tsipras in a confidence vote to stop snap elections and more chaos would be the best move for Greece right now.

Facing resistance and revolts, Tsipras is said to be reconsidering his plan to hold quick elections.

An early September election would suit Tsipas because it would make it impossible for opponents of the bailout to organize as a new party and to purge rebels from the party’s electoral lists. It would also allow Tsipras to avoid a debt write down, something his banker advisors, such as former Lehman Brothers banker Glenn Kim, must dread.

Also, Singular Logic, a company controlled by private banks and a former head of the CIA, is in charge of every aspect of general elections and referendums in Greece, raising legitimate fears of vote rigging.

Given the monopoly which Singular Logic enjoys on Greek election predictions, counting and results, Tsipras and his close advisor, investment banker Glenn Kim, may well be able to pull a figure out of a hat to decide how large a majority to give themselves.
Greek MPs and creditors surely need to look urgently at legislation for electoral reform to ensure the next election is fair.

A new crytopgraphic e voting platform could be incorporated into the voting process and measures designed to avoid a parallel, secret voting database being set up to duplicat the official voting data base.

Tsipras’ has been a disaster for Greece, and anything that strengthens his power will magnify that disaster.

Greece’s industrial turnover plunged 13.4 percent in June, much faster than previous month’s 4.2 percent decrease, the eighth successive monthly fall.

Domestic market turnover dropped 6.2 percent in June compared to a year ago. Foreign market sales tumbled by 22.2 percent in the same period.

Turnover in the manufacturing sector fell 13.9 percent in June and mining and quarrying turnover plummeted by 33.3 percent.

The Tsipras government has put no viable plan on the table for a return to the Drachma. Yet, it is allowing a crypto currency favoured by the private banks, bitcoin, to become the de facto alternative currency.

One thousand bitcoin ATMs are to be installed in Greece without any debate in parliament about this crypto currency.

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