Papandreou has no other choice than to show his cards and set a timetable on procedures for internal party elections if he does not want to risk the unity of the party. The leading members seemed to agree among themselves about speeding up processes, but Papandreou’s spokesman Panos Beglitis did not exclude the possibility of the PASOK president proposing party elections after the national ones.
In such a case, the members of the political council said they would disagree. Thus, leading members are already moving towards the exit, sensing as they say, that Papandreou has been mocking them since the day of his resignation.
Many top members have contacted the members of the political council to investigate their intentions. Almost half of the members are openly expressing their views on leadership change, while rejecting the scenario of diarchy; that is, one president and a different future prime minister. They argue that such a development would only suit Papandreou, who would remain in control of the party and avoid being apportioned blame directly for an election defeat, since the candidate prime minister will be another person. But such a case would hardly proceed, as it would be very hard to find an available victim.