Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday said that “today’s parliamentary session has historic significance since, after eight years, we are voting on the last measures of the last review of the Greek programme.” The prime minister was addressing the parliament plenum ahead of the vote on the omnibus bill with the prior actions necessary for the conclusion of the fourth and final review of the Greek programme.
He also replied to the announcement of a censure motion by New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the FYROM name agreement, thanking the main opposition leader and saying his proposal was welcome.
“If it did not exist we would have to invent it,” Tsipras said, while accusing Mitsotakis of acting as a “wretched mouthpiece of ND’s real leader, former premier Antonis Samaras.”
Greece was exiting the programmes, the prime minister noted, while he also expressed his confidence that a solution for easing Greece’s debt will be found.
“I am certain that there will be a solution for the debt because the will for a solution is shared by all sides,” he said, adding: “We honoured our commitments, the countries credibility is restored and we are finished for good with the support programmes.”
He thanked the Greek people, saying they were responsible for the success of the programme, and added that “Greece is at the end of the course and its success is not only Greek but a major European success”.
On the censure motion that Mitsotakis planned to table after the vote on the omnibus bill, Tsipras said it would provide an opportunity for everything to be said.
He strongly criticised Samaras, saying the former premier bore a great share of responsibility for the FYROM name dispute and now had the temerity to “raise the flag of ultra-patriotism”, referring to Samaras’ political course the the 90s when the name issue first arose.
He also accused Mitsotakis of “legal acrobatics” over the name issue agreement, during his visit to President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos over the issue.