PM de­fends gov’t record, am­biva­lent on ju­di­ciary

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras de­fended his gov­ern­ment’s record while strik­ing an am­biva­lent stance vis-a-vis an on­go­ing clash be­tween his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Greek ju­di­ciary in a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view aired by Al­pha TV yes­ter­day.

“Jus­tice is and must re­main in­de­pen­dent,” Tsipras said, adding how­ever that he backed the right of his min­is­ters to crit­i­cize judges, and their rul­ings, as long as they do so in a sub­stan­ti­ated man­ner.

The premier also hailed Greece’s re­turn to the mar­kets this week while ac­knowl­edg­ing that it would take time be­fore the ben­e­fits fil­ter through to most cit­i­zens.

“We don’t need to cel­e­brate. What we are say­ing is that we are mak­ing a start. We know that the hard­est part is be­hind us but we will not re­lax in our vig­i­lance.”

Asked about his for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Ya­nis Varo­ufakis, Tsipras in­di­cated that the con­tro­ver­sial econ­o­mist was el­e­vat­ing his ego­tis­ti­cal con­cerns above the in­ter­ests of the coun­try and its peo­ple. He also wished Varo­ufakis “good sales” for his lat­est book.

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