Seldom an image has symbolized stronger that the new Greek government is a departure from the past.
In November 2013, Nikos Voutsis, a Member of Parliament, was fighting the police to get access to those who were protesting when the previous government was about to close down the Greek version of the broadcaster BBC, ERT.
The image of him is now actively being used on various social media to illustrate the new political winds in Greece.
It was yesterday that Voutisis was presented as the new interior minister, thus politically responsible for the police force he ended up in scuffle with just over a year ago.
He and the other members of the government from the radical left party SYRIZA and alliance partner Independent Greeks, were formally sworn in during a ceremony in the presidential palace on Tuesday.
The Greek President Karolos Papoulias, was responsible for the formalities when Alexis Tsipras new government was appointed.
SYRIZA - The Coalition of the Radical Left
The Coalition of the Radical Left (Greek: Συνασπισμός Ριζοσπαστικής Αριστεράς, Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás), known colloquially by its acronym SYRIZA, is a far left-wing political party in Greece, originally founded as a coalition of left-wing and radical left parties.
The coalition originally comprised a broad array of groups (thirteen in total) and independent politicians, including democratic socialists, left-wing populist and green left groups, as well as Maoist, Trotskyist, eurocommunist but also eurosceptic components. Additionally, despite its secular ideology, many members are Christians who, like their atheistic fellow members, are opposed to the privileges of the state-sponsored Orthodox Church of Greece. Its parliamentary leader is Alexis Tsipras, formerly president of Synaspismós, the largest group in the coalition. From 2013 the coalition became a unitary party, although it retained its name with the addition of "United Social Front". Although Alexis Tsipras clarified that Syriza "does not support any sort of Euroscepticism", at the same time, the party is seen as a soft eurosceptic force.
In 2012 Syriza became the second largest party in the Greek parliament and the main opposition party. It came in first in the 2014 European Parliament election. In mid-2014, polls showed it had become the country's most popular party. In 2015, in the snap polls held on 25 January, Syriza defeated the ruling coalition and went on to become the winning coalition getting 36.3% of the popular vote and 149 out of 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament.
Syriza has been characterized as an anti-establishment party, whose success has sent "shock-waves across the EU". Although it has abandoned its old identity, that of a hard-left protest voice, becoming more populist in character, and claiming that it will not abandon the Eurozone, at the same time, its leader Alexis Tsipras has declared that the "euro is not my fetish". Recently, the Vice President of the European Parliament and Syriza MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis stated that Greece should "be a respectable member of the European Union and the euro zone" and that "there is absolutely no case for a Grexit".
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