The decision of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to step down is not a defeat or a renouncement of power but a tactical move of the politician, Federation Council International Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov has said.
"This does not mean that Tsipras is renouncing power or his political program. One should not see it as a defeat, this is only a tactical maneuver that Tsipras is making," Kosachyov told Interfax on August 21.
Analyzing the situation in Greece, the Federation Council member said that the deal between Athens and the European Union, which many people in the country saw as a concession made by Tsipras, caused discontent inside his party and its parliamentary faction.
"It is now vital to Tsipras to gain the support of the people and to again demonstrate to party colleagues that the strategy consists of both firm stands and readiness to make concessions, and this policy still enjoys the support of the majority of the Greek population. And Tsipras is demonstrating his wish not only to stay as someone in authority but also to continue chairing the Greek government with a new broader mandate from the population," Kosachyov said.
"It is hard to say how much this tactic can pay off. Clearly, Tsipras is now less popular than at the beginning of his office when he promised the local population and the EU negotiators to be absolutely adamant and unyielding. Yet compliancy was exhibited at the negotiations and compromises which are far from being to everyone's liking in Greece were reached," Kosachyov said.
He thinks this strategy from Tsipras gives him a chance to be victorious in the early elections. "In the eyes of the Greek population, the alternatives offered by other political forces are even worse. Tsipras firmly maintains the position of the defense of national interests and belongs to the Euro-skeptics, and Euro-skeptic sentiments tend to grow in the Greek community and a number of other EU countries," the Federation Council member said.
He thinks Tsipras has a chance to lead the national government for a new term of office. "This is my opinion, as the situation is unpredictable," Kosachyov said.
Prime Minister Tsipras tendered his resignation to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on August 20.
The country is headed for early parliamentary elections. According to sources, they will be scheduled for September 20. Tsipras who is popular in the country is likely to be re-elected for prime minister.
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