Mikis Theodorakis, who has been on a rant against the government and the country’s international lenders, has rebuffed a suggestion from PASOK Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos, who’s also Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister, to be a candidate for Greek President, a position which is filled by the Parliament.


It is now held by Karalos Papoulias, a member of the PASOK Socialists who are a minority partner in the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader. Typically, the President’s job is held by a member of the opposition, but that is now the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA). Not only did Theodorakis reject the idea, the cantankerous composer blistered Venizelos for even suggesting it and said the PASOK leader was trying to implicate him in a “political game.” Venizelos, who reversed his objection to the firing of workers at the former national broadcaster ERT and backed more austerity measures being imposed by the government, was characterized by Theodorakis as one of the “servants” of the country’s international lenders, the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB).

From: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/01/01/theodorakis-rejects-greek-presidency-notion/