Kyriakos Mitsotakis accuses prime minister of being “a liar” and “a sycophant”
Calling Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a “liar”, a “sycophant” and a “prime minister with an expiration date,” main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis launched into charges that the premier has added hardship to the Greek people through his mistakes, during an address in Parliament on Thursday.
During the off-agenda debate on the economy, which he had requested, Mitsotakis said that a government led by his party New Democracy “will demand and achieve the reduction of primary surpluses” agreed on with Greece’s creditors “because it’s unfair for Greeks to pay, two generations forward, for Tsipras’ incompetence and delusions.”
Mitsotakis said that the accumulation of high surpluses achieved “results from the strangulation of the real economy, high taxation, delayed pension payouts and higher social insurance withholdings.” August will see the end of “the third, useless adjustment program,” he said, but this is not a guarantee to market access, since the country will still be subjected to a quarterly review by the European Union.
Among other issues, Mitsotakis reiterated his party’s opposition to the recent Greece-FYROM agreement on the name issue, and accused the government of “promoting the storyline that legislated measures on pension reductions may be suspended” although the measures, which kick in on January 1, 2019, “were not foreseen in the third program (memorandum) and are the price paid for your own lack of credibility.”