ATHENS – New Democracy lawmaker Andreas Psycharis on Nov. 14 submitted his resignation as deputy to the President of the Parliament, but will not stay as an Independent, allowing the party to replace him.
Psycharis quit after he voted to reverse a law he voted for weeks earlier that would give heavily indebted Greeks up to 100 installments to pay what they owe to the state. ‘
It was submitted to the Parliament by Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on the orders of international lenders who forced him to revoke a law he said was critical to help people buried by austerity measures.
Psycharis said: “After months of reflection, I realized it was not worth serving any more a political system that fails to have an understanding even on self-evident things,” without explaining what he meant and why he was unhappy.
“When I first entered the Parliament in May 2012, I believed I was part of a group of officials that can discuss the country’s problem with respect for each other and who work jointly for the stabilization and the development of the country. After two and a half years, I simply realize I am a romantic,” he said.
Psycharis also thanked Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras for the opportunity he gave him to run in the 2012 elections.
“I leave the political stage but I still am an active citizen who will claim and will fight to improve the Greeks’ living standards and the image of the political system that recently has been getting increasingly tarnished,” he concluded.
Psycharis will be replaced by Alexandros Moraitakis. New Democracy retains 127 seats in the Parliament along with 28 for its coalition partner, the PASOK Socialists.