Christos Papoutsis refused to separate reformers-populists and stated that the future of PASOK does not pertain to personal agendas but the future and the perspective of the people. PASOK must be the center-wing’s place of gathering, as well as that of the left-wing, he stated, setting this as his goal. Within this context, he distanced himself from disciplinary actions in the House and the compromises of the past. An indirect reference was made to those quitting the party and are planning a new one. The battle must be fought within PASOK, was his message towards them.
He said yes to reforms, but only to the benefit of the people and not markets or bankers. In this context, he also spoke of a reduction in installments of loans and the salary cuts.
Christos Papoutsis also said that he does not want PASOK to become the crutch of center-right-wing scenarios of co-government, and asked George Papandreou to reexamine the decision to erase MPs who downvoted Memorandum 2 and caused sensation when he stated that he will not bear a PASOK ruled over by barons any more.
“I place my candidacy to the discretion of the national council”, he said, asking essentially for a political decision to circumvent the process of signatures.