Voters are putting the past behind them – can SYRIZA?

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras talks to the press after rejecting the mandate to form a government presented by President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, on Tuesday. [Yiannis Liakos/Intime News]

Apart from the obvious, which is the complete triumph of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the devastating defeat of main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, the outcome of the May 21 election marked an important turning point in the country's history by signaling the end, once and for all, of the turbulent time that began in 2012.

Last Sunday, citizens said that they were done with the "anti-memorandum" chapter - to use a term so favored by the big losers of the poll - and have consigned it to the annals of history. The anti-memorandum trend swelled on the back of society's desperation and on the wave of protests this triggered. It grew big enough to propel a political leader who was polling at just under 3% to secure, within three years, the support of 60% of society in the 2015 referendum.

SYRIZA will never properly understand its defeat unless it...

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