Kammenos urges voters to punish 'traitors'

The right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks party will not take part in a power-sharing coalition after the upcoming elections unless the next government agrees to scrap the EU-IMF memorandum, its leader Panos Kammenos said Friday.

Speaking to Skai television on Friday, Kammenos urged voters to punish Greece's mainstream parties, PASOK and New Democracy, for backing the austerity measures mandated by the country's foreign lenders which he denounced as a “crooked act.”

“Those who betrayed Greece must disappear from politics,” said Kammenos, a former New Democracy deputy who left the party to form his own, picking up more than 10 percent of the vote in the May 6 election.

Recent polls show that the party's power is on the wane. The last survey to be published by Kathimerini before the June 17 elections found that support for Independent Greeks is down to 5.5 percent. The same survey found that leftist SYRIZA, led by Alexis Tsipras, maintains a clear lead over the conservatives, although short of enough support for a clear parliamentary majority.

Asked whether his party would cooperate with SYRIZA, Kammenos told Skai he could not work with a party that has not yet presented its economic policy platform.

Tsipras is due to present his economic program at noon on Friday.


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