Ahead of a confidence vote designed to douse speculation about early elections, conservative coalition leader New Democracy will on Saturday celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding in an event that is widely expected to serve as a bid to revive the party’s flagging political fortunes.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be the sole speaker at the event, which will be held at the Onassis Cultural Center, not far from the ND headquarters. According to sources, the conservative leader is expected to call attention to the prospects of the Greek economy and the administration’s intention to ease the burden on the shoulders of the less well-off. He is also expected to present the key growth-inducing measures and reforms that his government aspires to introduce following the end of loan dependence.
EU funding ends in December, while IMF funding ends in 2016. Athens is seeking a premature exit from the bailout program.
During his speech, Samaras is also expected to play up the theme of Greece’s institutional revamp, mainly through plans for a review of the Constitution.
Saturday’s event will be attended by former prime ministers Constantine Mitsotakis and Costas Karamanlis and other conservative veterans. In a rare show of unity, it was announced on Friday that Theodoros Roussopoulos, former government spokesman under Karamanlis who has remained under the radar for the past five years, will also attend the celebration.