Coali­tion, ND ready to clash over cor­rup­tion

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The gov­ern­ment re­it­er­ated yes­ter­day that fight­ing cor­rup­tion is one of its five pri­or­i­ties, but the left-led coali­tion is set to come un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure to­day from New Democ­racy over the con­ver­sa­tions that De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos had with a con­victed drug smug­gler.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s press briefing, gov­ern­ment spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los said that the coali­tion wants to fo­cus on com­bat­ting “the cor­rup­tion and en­tan­gled in­ter­ests that have skewed po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic life.”

His com­ments came ahead of to­day’s par­lia­men­tary de­bate on whether an in­quiry should be launched to in­ves­ti­gate Kam­menos’s al­leged in­ter­ven­tion in the Noor 1 heroin case. New Democ­racy high­lighted the is­sue yes­ter­day, as party spokesman Vas­silis Kik­il­ias, speak­ing on Skai TV, called on Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras to take part in to­day’s de­bate and make it clear whether he knew that his coali­tion part­ner had spo­ken to the con­vict, Makis Yian­nousakis.

Sources sug­gested that con­ser­va­tive leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis will fo­cus dur­ing his speech to­day on the fact that Tsipras ap­pears to be pro­vid­ing Kam­menos with full sup­port over the af­fair. In an of­fi­cial state­ment yes­ter­day, New Democ­racy ar­gued that Tsipras’s si­lence over the is­sue sug­gested that he was com­plicit.

Sources said that the op­po­si­tion party’s aim is to show that the gov­ern­ment is fail­ing to pro­vide con­vinc­ing an­swers about the de­fense min­is­ter’s ac­tions. “Ev­ery­thing will be re­vealed in Par­lia­ment,” Kik­il­ias said.

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