Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras stressed in Iraklio, Crete, on Wednesday evening that "if they (the government) decide elections, they shall be welcome. They must know, however, if elections are held, they will be held because they cannot rule, because they cannot ratify the new measures," adding that "I shall not give consensus for the mistake. I am not entitled to give. And I cannot give."
Speaking to ND officials and supporters at a hotel in Ammoudara, Samaras criticised the government and sent messages to the prime minister as well as to the president of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party.
After saying that he is aware of how a Greek family is currently passing, he said he knows what it means for them to ascertain every day, not only that "they cannot cope, not only that they are chipping away at their income, but also that they are trying to take their dignity as well. I know all this. And that's why I am here, I am before you and I am telling you looking at you in the eyes: No, I am not countersigning the mistake," he said.
Samaras further said that last year they were presenting him as being "unyielding" because he said no. Today, he added, they are trying to present him as being "the same" as the others, with those who said yes to the memorandum. "However, no matter what they do, we are not all the same," he added.
Samaras then referred to the memorandum, saying that it is leading nowhere, "we saw that it is making the problem bigger it is not solving it, we ascertained that it is a 'medicine' which is worse than the illness."