Democratic Left party leader independent MP Fotis Kouvelis stated on Tuesday that the country has entered an “extended period of election talk” and accused the prime minister of being responsible for this development.

Addressing the new party’s political committee, Kouvelis (who left the renewalist wing of the Radical Left Coalition last June, declaring himself an independent MP), focused on the high abstention rate and stressed that it was the election winner “reflecting the deep crisis in the political system”.

He also expressed support to the mayoral candidacies of PASOK-backed George Kaminis in Athens and Yiannis Boutaris in Thessaloniki in the second round of the elections on Nov. 14.