Ex-pre­mier lashes out at pre­de­ces­sor, suc­ces­sors

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For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Papandreou hit out yes­ter­day at his pre­de­ces­sor Costas Kara­man­lis a day af­ter the lat­ter ap­peared at an event in Athens where a re­port was pre­sented sug­gest­ing that the New Democ­racy gov­ern­ment that came to power in 2004 in­her­ited a trou­bled econ­omy. The re­port claims that the con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Kara­man­lis be­tween 2004 and 2009 was ham­pered be­cause of a se­ries of bond ma­tu­ri­ties and the need to pay for de­fense pur­chases agreed by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment. In a lengthy re­ply is­sued via his party, the Move­ment of Demo­cratic So­cial­ists (KIDISO), Papandreou re­jected the claims and ac­cused Kara­man­lis of “sta­tis­ti­cal fraud” as well as over­see­ing the in­crease of Greece’s pub­lic debt from 180 bil­lion eu­ros to 300 bil­lion. He also claimed that his suc­ces­sor as prime min­is­ter, con­ser­va­tive An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras, and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras were elected as pre­miers on the back of lies about Greece’s bailout. He ar­gued that they are the rea­son that Greece is still un­der a pro­gram to­day.

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