The absence of a clear policy cost SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras dearly in the last election. In the past, vagueness had been one of the party's strengths.
In 2015, Tsipras led his party to three successive victories (two elections and a referendum), as each voter read what they wanted into his general promise to "abolish the memorandum."
SYRIZA's crushing defeat in the May 21 and June 25 elections had de facto put the leftist party on the road to change - and the resignation of its leader Alexis Tsipras.
In a televised address on Thursday, Tsipras announced his decision, stating that "the time has come to start a new cycle," while calling for the party's reform.