Tsipras turns fire on op­po­si­tion

PM chides ri­vals for lack of sup­port over multi-bill, pre­pares to sub­mit pa­per for broadcasting ten­ders

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras slammed the main op­po­si­tion par­ties in Par­lia­ment last night for re­fus­ing to sup­port part of the multi-bill Greece needs to pass to re­ceive an­other 2 bil­lion eu­ros of bailout fund­ing.

Speak­ing ahead of a mid­night vote on the mea­sures that his gov­ern­ment was ex­pected to win, Tsipras ac­cused New Democ­racy, PA­SOK and Po­tami, which backed the third bailout dur­ing sum­mer votes, of op­por­tunism.

“There are no new mea­sures, there are just dif­fi­cult mea­sures that we all knew about when we voted for the agree­ment in Au­gust,” the pre­mier said.

“What ex­actly are you pre­tend­ing to be to­day? Against the mem­o­ran­dum? For five years you agreed to do what­ever the lenders told you with­out ne­go­ti­at­ing.”

Tsipras also brushed off crit­i­cism about his fail­ure to re­move State Min­is­ter Alekos Flam­bouraris and Econ­omy Min­is­ter Gior­gos Stathakis over omis­sions in their deriva­tion of wealth forms (“pothen es­ches”).

“You have found no real ev­i­dence that backs up claims of cor­rup­tion,” he told op- po­si­tion MPs. “The gov­ern­ment will not cover up cases of graft or tax eva­sion.”

The prime min­is­ter added that his gov­ern­ment was submitting an amend­ment that would give tax author­i­ties a one-year ex­ten­sion to in­ves­ti­gate sus­pected cases of tax eva­sion be­fore the statute of lim­i­ta­tions could ap­ply to those par­tic­u­lar cases.

The gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day that fol­low­ing the ap­proval of the multi-bill, it would sub­mit to Par­lia­ment leg­is­la­tion paving the way for a new ten­der for broadcasting per­mits. The bill was handed yes­ter­day to the State Gen­eral Ac­count­ing Of­fice, which has to pro­duce a re­port as­sess­ing the eco­nomic im­pact of the draft leg­is­la­tion be­fore it can go to Par­lia­ment. It is due to be sub­mit­ted to the House on Mon­day.

The gov­ern­ment ar­gues that the new ten­der will in­crease trans­parency in broadcasting and break ties be­tween me­dia own­ers and po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“We are liv­ing up to our pledge,” said Tsipras. “I hope you keep your pledge to vote for this ma­jor re­form for our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem,” he told the op­po­si­tion.

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