ND sharply raps gambling draft law

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Monday characterised the draft law on legal gambling as being “unprecedented in terms of sloppiness” and pointed out that his party is in favour of a strict institutional framework to regulate the sector.

He also accused the government of drawing up a draft law totally different from the one it had presented in Parliament for debate.

In an unrelated development, the ND spokesman declined to a comment on a court of appeals ruling that upheld a guilty verdict against Central Macedonia Regional Governor Panagiotis Psomiadis, stressing that ND respects the court decisions clarifying, however, that the party supports the latter.

Referring to the ongoing submarine purchase furor, Mihelakis stated that ND will suggest setting up a preliminary examination committee to investigate the period between 1998 and 2002. He also stressed that ND will suggest that the investigation on the period from 2002 until today be undertaken by the Special Standing Committee on Armament Programs and Contracts.

Commenting on the two historical hospitals, Eginitio and Aretaeio, at risk of suspending their operation, Mihelakis accused the ministries of education and health of amateurism and indifference.

Finally, Mihelakis also announced that ND leader Antonis Samaras on Friday and Saturday will tour the prefectures of Xanthi, Rodopi and Evros in Thrace, northeast Greece.

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