Tsipras: Upcoming national elections is 'the most critical in many years'

SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras

SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Saturday that the upcoming national elections are "the most critical electoral contest in many years."

The main opposition party leader was speaking during a meeting of the political secretariat, during which the list of party candidates who will run in the elections was finalized.

Continuing, Tsipras said that "this crucial electoral contest will be decided by those who will go to vote, especially young people, by whether abstinence will be limited, and by the choices made by those who remain undecided."

Tsipras also noted that "democracy, for us, is a matter of principle," and that "without democracy there cannot be social justice and economic development, therefore there cannot be any form of stability."

A day earlier, speaking at a farm in the area of Filira, near the city of Trikala, in the context of his tour of the region of western Thessaly, he said that stock breeders and farmers are facing an existential dilemma because production costs make it unprofitable for people to stay in the countryside.

The main opposition party leader was speaking at a farm in the area of Filira, near the city of Trikala, in the context of his tour of the region of western Thessaly.

Some 120,000 families are in the stock breeding business in Greece, he added, but rising prices in stock feed and high energy costs are making it extremely difficult for them to make ends meet, hence many of them are reducing the size of their herds to keep afloat.

When SYRIZA's progressive government is elected into power soon, he said, it will abolish the special consumption tax for farmers and livestock breeders, and will also put a price cap on electricity for them.

SYRIZA will also abolish VAT on agricultural supplies and animal feed, Tsipras stressed.

Following his meeting with stock breeders, the SYRIZA leader met with representatives of the Coordinating Committee of Blockades in Karditsa. In the evening, he will address the public at the Municipal Market of Karditsa.

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