‘This downward spiral must stop’

'I am running so that SYRIZA can regain its momentum, exercise a structurally strong opposition today and quickly return to government,' Efi Achtsioglou, a SYRIZA leadership candidate, tells Kathimerini.  [Nikos Kokkalias]

SYRIZA lawmaker Efi Achtsioglou, considered by analysts as one of the front-runners to succeed Alexis Tsipras as the leader of the leftist opposition party, spoke to Kathimerini about her campaign, the criticism she has received from within SYRIZA, and the way the party will operate if she is elected president.

The 38-year-old, who previously served as a labor minister from 2016 to 2019, said there is no reason to meet with PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis and described the new body she is considering setting up if elected.

SYRIZA suffered a heavy defeat in the legislative elections held in May and June, leading to the conservative New Democracy party securing a second term and the resignation of party leader Tsipras.

The polls are scheduled to be held on September 10.

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