ND on snap elections; no to referendum

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Wednesday stressed that “snap elections” are welcomed, adding that “ND is ready anytime”.
“We have presented a specific proposal with cost-effective measures which if implemented will lead the country out of the crisis,” he said, adding that “it is the third proposal outlined within a year”.

“From now on the government will have to assume its responsibility. We will not follow PASOK’s example by doing what it did, namely, to pressure for elections. We are ready. Elections are welcomed if such a decision is made,” Mihelakis stressed.

On the likelihood of a consensus for major and still pending reforms and privatisations, he repeated a comment by ND leader Antonis Samaras, namely, that “a few right moves in an overall mistake will not bring a solution”. 
“ND wants a new tax policy but it is met with the government’s opposition,” he added, stressing that “the opinion polls show that the people are in favour of a change in the policy mix”.

Mihelakis said any discussion about a memorandum referendum is incomprehensible at this particular time, adding that “if the government was really interested in the opinion of the Greek people, it would have held a referendum before voting in favour of the memorandum”. 

The ND spokesman strongly criticised the government for its willingness to consider now the ND “reserve labour” proposal, when a short while ago it totally opposed the measure.

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