ND on consensus; won't support 'ongoing mistake'

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Monday outlined ND leader Antonis Samaras’ positions ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled meeting with the prime minister.
“The policy mix followed (by the government) is a mistake that still continues. We cannot say ‘yes’ to an ongoing mistake. The government wants to hide its ineffectiveness behind a consensus,” Mihelakis stressed, expressing certainty that the memorandum was not negotiated enough with the EC-ECB-IMF troika.

He used as an example the memorandum signed by Portugal, pointing out that it is aimed at less austerity and more reforms, while it includes measures recently unveiled by the ND leader.

Mihelakis referred to comments made by IMF’s acting managing director John Lipsky during the latter’s meeting with MP Kyriakos Mitsotakis, when he noted that there were “serious delays in the promotion of the necessary structural changes and reforms”.

The ND spokesman rejected any prospect of layoffs in the public sector, stressing that the tenure status is constitutionally guaranteed. Commenting on statements made by government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos, who suggested that the medium-term programme should have the support of 180 MPs, Mihelakis spoke of “confusion within the government”, stressing that the government is merely toying with the likelihood of snap elections.

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