Following 22 years at the helm of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Aleka Papariga could be stepping down, Kathimerini understands.

According to the daily newspaper’s sources, Papariga is contemplating not running for the post of general secretary at the party’s 19th congress which is scheduled to begin at KKE’s headquarters in Perissos, northern Athens, on Thursday.

Papariga had hinted at the possibility of stepping down in recent interviews with local media. Speaking to Kathimerini in March, the Communist Party general secretary had noted that it was up to the communist party’s congress to determine its next leadership, while in the beginning fo the year, she had told Mega television station that KKE had developed a new generation of highly capable party officials.

At the congress, Papariga is expected to present the central commiittee’s suggestions regarding the party’s duties, program and action until the next congress.