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Greece's Former Parliamentary Speaker Introduces 'Course to Freedom' Party

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Former Greek parliamentary speaker introduced a new left-wing political party.

ATHENS (Sputnik) – Former parliamentary speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou introduced a new left-wing political party in Greece, named Course to Freedom, on Tuesday.

"We are embarking on a course to the future. We are beginning our collective struggle for the liberation of our people and our homeland from the shackles of memoranda," Konstantopoulou announced at a launching ceremony.

The Course to Freedom party’s symbol is a purple boat with four blue sails. Konstantopoulou first revealed the party in an April 15 Facebook post.

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The influential politician split from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party, citing her disagreement with the unpopular August 2015 third multibillion-dollar bailout agreement with Greece’s international and European lenders.

Political observers say the Course to Freedom is unlikely to pass a 3-percent parliamentary threshold in the next elections unless it forms a coalition with other left-wing factions.

Former Syriza left wing leader and founder of the Popular Unity party, Panagiotis Lafazanis, has voiced readiness to join forces with Konstantopoulou’s party.

The Course to Freedom’s six-point program calls for justice, transparency, debt forgiveness and the recovery of World War II-era debts from Germany through courts.

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