A simple shake-up was not enough, he said, noting that the party was in need of a “rebirth” so badly that its next leader should be “in his 30s.”
PASOK’s spokeswoman Fofi Gennimata elaborated, heralding the creation of national committee to “rebuild” the party on the level of central as well as local government.
Venizelos also expressed vehement criticism of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who is in custody pending trial for money laundering, saying that the case of the Socialist stalwart, who is alleged to have pocketed millions of euros in kickbacks from defense deals, “epitomized a rotten system.”
Venizelos was to address newly elected PASOK MPs at noon on Saturday, an hour before he is scheduled to return his mandate for forming a government to President Karolos Papoulias.
Separately, sources indicated that Democratic Alliance leader Dora Bakoyannis and Drasi leader Stefanos Manos, both former ministers, were close to an agreement on joining forces ahead of possible elections in June.