Development Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis has stated his interest and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos and Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou are also expected to vie for the party’s top spot. Ex-Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis also said this week that he would run if Papandreou did not. When questioned Wednesday, MP Stefanos Tzoumakas did not rule out the possibility of joining the contest.
The timing of any leadership vote will also be important as PASOK does not want the contest to take place before Greece agrees a new bailout with lenders but also wants to give its new leader enough time before the general elections. Diamantopoulou wrote to Papandreou Wednesday to emphasize this point.