“We are entering a new phase; it is totally different to have a parliamentary majority with the presence of Panos Kammenos (the leader of the Independent Greeks party that participated in the SYRIZA-led coalition government and withdrew on Sunday) to having the majority without his presence,” Digital Policy, Communications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas stated on Tuesday about the new political landscape in Greece.
Pappas said that all those who had criticised SYRIZA for its cooperation with Kammenos, who had not presented obstacles to the progressive initiatives and reforms launched and implemented by the government, had now aligned themselves with Kammenos when he decided to create a problem for the government over the Prespes Agreement.
Referring to the debate in parliament on the vote of confidence that began on Tuesday, he said “the government will get a majority in the vote of confidence, a greater majority for the Prespes Agreement and an even greater majority for the positive measures that will be legislated in the next period. We will have a climate of political stability and we will exhaust our four-year term”.
He said that he disagrees with those who say that the programme of main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is not clear, noting that the ND leader’s programme was, in fact, crystal clear: “Pinochet-style insurance, layoffs in the public sector and a labour market jungle.”
“Mitsotakis want to take us back to the period when the wounds were open and gaping, he wants to stop the course of recovery,” Pappas said.