House speaker ups at­tacks on PM, pres­i­dent

Con­stan­topoulou says Tsipras acted ‘on sly,’ Max­i­mos calls her ‘bad choice’

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A brew­ing row­be­tween Par­lia­ment Speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou and the gov­ern­ment peaked over the week­end as the for­mer re­dou­bled her ver­bal at­tacks against both Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los, prompt­ing a terse re­ac­tion from the of­fices of both.

A day af­ter ex­press­ing strong ob­jec­tions to the pro­ce­dure fol- lowed by Pavlopou­los in hand­ing ex­ploratory man­dates to the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion fol­low­ing Tsipras’s res­ig­na­tion, Con­stan­topoulou struck again on Satur­day, ac­cus­ing Tsipras and the pres­i­dent of treat­ing Greece’s in­sti­tu­tions as “their fief­dom and prop­erty." Con­stan­topoulou hit out at Tsipras for call­ing elec­tions “on the sly,” claim­ing that only Greece’s cred- itors had been briefed about the plan. She also slammed Pavlopou­los for not in­form­ing her be­fore launch­ing the process of is­su­ing ex­ploratory man­dates to party lead­ers.Pavlopou­los did not re­spond pub­licly to Con­stan­topoulou on Satur­day but his of­fice is­sued a terse state­ment. “As of yesterday, the pres­i­dency is no longer pay­ing at­ten­tion to Mrs Constan- topoulou,” it said.

Later on Satur­day, Tsipras’s of­fice also is­sued a curt note, in­di­cat­ing that the premier re­gret­ted ap­point­ing Con­stan­topoulou to Par­lia­ment’s top role. “The par­lia­men­tary speaker is act­ing like a dic­ta­tor,” it said. “She thinks she’s at the in­sti­tu­tional cen­ter of democ­racy when she’s just a wrong choice.”

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