The centre-right wing New Democracy party could be facing a leadership crisis after the first result of an overwhelming NO vote in Sunday’s referendum.
Antonis Samaras, the current party leader and Greece’s prime minister from June 2012 to January 2012, is allegedly facing pressure to step down. According to New Democracy sources, longtime New Democracy party member Dora Mpakogianni, who also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009, contacted Samaras on Saturday urging him to step down from the position to help prevent a NO victory.
Nikos Dendias, a New Democracy party member and former Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, made a series of tweets after Sunday’s first estimations.
“The responsibility for the results is not the same for all of us” one tweet read while Dendias later tweeted “Let us protect the political heritage of Konstantinos Karamnlis in the morning” and “Today is not the right moment to discuss what we will do at New Democracy. We will look at that tomorrow.”
Furthermore, Sakis Ioannidis, the President of the Ogranization of the New Democracy Youth, posted a message on his Facebook wall in which he notes that Greece will go through tough times and calls for unity among Greeks.
“Only one thing is certain, that the old political regime, as it had been structured, is being erased” the post read.
According to Parapolitika.gr, sources say that Ioannidis will soon publicly ask Samaras to resign as New Democracy leader.