ATHENS – SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis, in an interview with ANA-MPA,called the government’s move to ask for vote of confidence “a defensive and defeatist act of a government that collapses.”
“The government lost the initiave to act a long time ago and is not in the position to spring a surprise. These are the last spasms of a government in decomposition that is collapsing. Essentially it is an act of defeat and defence. It is pointless for Mr. Samaras to ask from a substantially politically non-legal parliament to renew his mandate,” Skourletis stressed.
Regarding the fact that the government has the support of 154 deputies and expects to receive vote of confidence from some independent deputies as well, Skourletis noted: “I believe that if this number occurs, we will have a false picture and the impressions will not last for more than the time the president of Parliament will take to announce the voting result. Do you know what’s the biggest problem of this government? It is that it governs against the society’s flow. It lives in a constant nightmare and this nightmare very shortly will be judged by the people. This condition cannot continue for long.”
Commenting on New Democracy (ND) MPs and Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris’ statements that call for an ecumenical government (with the participation of all parliamentary parties), Skourletis underlined that “what we need is new and representative correlations in the parliament and this can only be succeeded with elections.
“The country’s problem is a problem of policy. The policy implemented until today, the memorandum policy, has led the vast majority of the people to a wretched economic and social condition. Any other discussion is disorientating and at the specific moment it only aims at diluting the responsibilites of those that led us to this condition.”