New parties after the expulsions
The political map of the country is permanently changed. The positive and negative votes, the absentees, all create new political camps. The countdown for the elections will start after Papademos consults with Papandreou and Samaras and proceeds to the reshuffle expected today.
The party of no: for the last 20 years Papandreou supporters have lived with the anxiety that the Simitis supporters initially and Venizelists afterwards will break up PASOK. And they will establish their own party. Finally, it seems that they will do so without George Papandreou, who said he would remove them from the PG and the ballots of the party. Luka Katseli and Haris Kastanidis, accompanied by groups of MPs that chose to vote negatively or abstain, must now decide on their next step.
On the far Right side of the political spectrum lies the possibility of a split in LAOS. Makis Voridis and Adonis Georgiadis stayed in the parliament when the rest of their colleagues walked out with George Karatzaferis. They were thus found very close to the majority of ND that says yes.
Given the expulsions and those who went independent, it is clear that PASOK no longer has the first word in parliament. Of course, since last November it has not had the government as well. This strengthens the position that Samaras can impose elections whenever he wants, which makes the government that will be set up today by Lucas Papademos a temporary one.
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