Coali­tion re­jects probe

Pro­posal by ND for panel to in­ves­ti­gate Plan X, cap­i­tal con­trols nixed by 155 MPs

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The coali­tion last night re­jected a call by the main op­po­si­tion party New Democ­racy for the cre­ation of a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee to probe the govern­ment’s draft­ing of a con­tin­gency plan for a pos­si­ble exit from the eu­ro­zone, the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols on banks last sum­mer and the sign­ing of a third bailout.

The mo­tion by ND was re­jected by 155 votes to 96 in the 300-seat House with 20 MPs vot­ing “present” fol­low­ing a tense ses­sion. The pro­posal would have re­quired a min­i­mum of 120 votes in fa­vor in or­der for a com­mit­tee to be set up. Apart from coali­tion part­ners SYRIZA and In­de­pen­dent Greeks, the mo­tion was also re­jected by the small Union of Cen­trists.

Be­fore the vote, ND leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis lashed out at Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras for his han­dling of last year’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with Greece’s cred­i­tors and de­clared that the next govern­ment would con­duct a probe into the pe­riod in ques­tion, sug­gest­ing that he would be at the helm of that ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Although Tsipras did not ad­dress Par­lia­ment, sev­eral other key cabi­net mem­bers in­sisted in their speeches that the govern­ment did ev­ery­thing it could for the coun­try and claimed that mak­ing con­tin­gency plans did not con­sti­tute a Plan B or X for a eu­ro­zone exit. “You are try­ing with your pro­posal to be the ac­cusers but you are the de­fen­dants,” Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Yan­nis Dra­gasakis said.

Mit­so­takis ac­cused Tsipras of de­lib­er­ately let­ting the ne­go­ti­a­tions drag on and of “dra­ma­tiz­ing” the sit­u­a­tion by call­ing for a re­fer- en­dum that al­lowed him to re­verse pre-elec­tion pledges. “You chose a lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tion which per­haps was use­ful to you, but cat­a­strophic for the coun­try,” Mit­so­takis said, lam­bast­ing the govern­ment for its “com­plete sur­ren­der.” He also ques­tioned the mo­tives be­hind Tsipras’s de­ci­sion to call snap polls.

Po­tami backed ND’s re­quest as did PASOK, which de­manded that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should start from 2002.

Ya­nis Varo­ufakis, who was the fi­nance min­is­ter at the time, told The Press Project, that he will sub­mit the min­utes of the Eurogroups he at­tended and said if the govern­ment had stayed the couse the cred­i­tors would have backed down. He also said his move­ment Diem 25 will stand in the next elec­tions.

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