New Democracy (ND) shadow defence minister Vassilis Kikilias on Saturday criticised Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, saying that his is not serving the role of his institutional position.
Kikilias’ comments were responding to statements made on Friday by Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Thanassis Papachristopoulos, who revealed that Voutsis had asked him to put off resigning his seat in parliament for another 4-5 days, until after the plenary votes on the NATO accession protocol for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), scheduled to be held within the following week.
“The impression that this creates for the majority of the citizens is that some […] are entering into transactions so that this sad government can stay in power a little longer,” Kikilias said.
Talking about the Prime Minister‘s upcoming official visit to Turkey, he expressed the opinion that Alexis Tsipras is going to Ankara “unprepared”, at a moment that is crucial for Greece’s national interests.
“The President of Turkey will put everything on the table, from the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 until today. If he [Tsipras] handles Greek-Turkish relations in the same way he handled the “Mecedonian” issue, there will be many tragedies ahead for the Greek people,” Kikilias said.