Gov’t un­der fire over amend­ment tsunami

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Main op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy law­mak­ers walked out of a par­lia­men­tary de­bate yes­ter­day in protest at what con­ser­va­tives de­scribed as a “tsunami” of last-minute amend­ments to a bill sub­mit­ted by the Fi­nance Min­istry.

The walk­out came as crit­ics have lashed out at the gov­ern­ment for its tac­tic of sub­mit­ting amend­ments that have noth­ing to do with the ac­tual bills be­ing tabled, and thus com­pro­mis­ing the in­tegrity of Par­lia­ment pro­cesses.

ND’s par­lia­men­tary spokesman Ioan­nis Ke­falo­gian­nis ac­cused the SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment of dis­re­spect­ing the Par­lia­ment’s leg­isla­tive process.

“We have to safe­guard the in­tegrity of the in­sti­tu­tion,” he said, re­fer­ring to 22 amend­ments – 16 of which were sub­mit­ted in just one day. The Greek Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) and the cen­trist To Po­tami party also with­drew their MPs from the de­bate for the same rea­son on Thurs­day. For their part, coali­tion law­mak­ers dis­missed op­po­si­tion crit­i­cism, say­ing that the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions are driven by the de­sire to tackle the coun­try’s prob­lems and not some “weird ob­ses­sion” with sub­mit­ting lots of amend­ments.

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