Without outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras awaiting his successor, Alexis Tsipras ascended the stairs of the Greek government headquarters alone. Samaras’ decision not to welcome Tsipras and brief him on his new duties caused SYRIZA‘s fierce reaction in what is seen as an unprecedented protocol deviation.
The standard process that usually takes place after a swap in the country’s leadership was finally at a lower level, between Tsipras’ and Samaras’ offices directors.
According to New Democracy sources, the Former Prime Minister’s secretary general, Kostas Bouras, received a phone call from Tsipras’ associate Nikos Pappas, who asked him to inform the new Prime Minister’s secretary, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, on the government headquarters functions and proceed with the delivery of materials.
Yet SYRIZA officials characterize the event as “unprecedented,” as there was no one representing the outgoing government. At the same time they categorically refuted New Democracy’s leaks. The same circles emphasized that this behavior indicates the outgoing government’s policy.