ND aims to put gov’t on de­fen­sive

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De­ter­mined to ex­pose what it de­scribes as the govern­ment’s in­ep­ti­tude, op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy is fo­cus­ing its ef­forts on to­day’s dis­cus­sion in Par­lia­ment re­gard­ing the cre­ation of an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee to probe the govern­ment’s ac­tions in the first six months of 2015. The con­ser­va­tives want an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the events that led to the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols and the re­cent rev­e­la­tion that there was a secret plan to take the coun­try out of the eu­ro­zone as ten­sion rose dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with cred­i­tors.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day, party spokesper­son Gior­gos Koumout­sakos said the govern­ment is morally obliged to ac­cept ND’s pro­posal for the cre­ation of the com­mit­tee, as the con­ser­va­tives had al­ready agreed to an of­fi­cial probe de­manded by the left­ist-led govern­ment into how ND and so­cial­ist PASOK racked up mil­lions of eu­ros in un­ser­viced debt while in govern­ment.

“Tsipras has an obli­ga­tion to agree to the cre­ation of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­mit­tee that New Democ­racy has re­quested... peo­ple must know ex­actly what hap­pened.

“If he doesn’t agree he will prove that he fears the truth and that he is try­ing to cover it up,” Koumout­sakos said, adding that ev­ery time Tsipras has been asked about the is­sue his re­sponses have been “con­tra­dic­tory.”

The charge against the govern­ment is ex­pected to be led by ND leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, who is ex­pected to fo­cus on the way ne­go­ti­a­tions were han­dled by former Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ya­nis Varo­ufakis.

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