Top SYRIZA officials turn on each other

A supporter of leftist Syriza party reacts at the party's election kiosk after the announcement of the first exit polls, in Athens, Greece, on May 21, 2023. [Elias Marcou/Reuters]

Following its disastrous showing in the May 21 election, where it lost more than 11 percentage points, main opposition SYRIZA is now talking about preventing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his New Democracy party from becoming too powerful by clawing back some of the 20-percentage point gap separating the two big parties.

But a defeat of such magnitude has inevitably given rise to calls for a more collective leadership, if not outright replacement of the leader. And with them have come the first serious clashes among SYRIZA grandees.

On Tuesday, veteran SYRIZA politician Dimitris Papadimoulis, one of the European Parliament's vice presidents, said in a TV panel that a good first step to getting SYRIZA back on its feet would be to surround Tsipras in the campaign ahead with younger politicians who proved themselves as vote-getters in Sunday's election. He even...

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