Coalition of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras on Friday demanded that the government step down and that early general elections be called immediately, during a discussion of a current question he had tabled in parliament addressed to Prime Minister George Papandreou. Tsipras accused Papandreou of "speaking with the voice of the creditors", and warned that the Memorandum policy was destroying the economy and the middle class.
"Why will you succeed today where you failed yesterday?" Tsipras asked, and charged that the tabling of the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Framework for vote in Parliament as a single article was an "unprecedented coercion of Parliament".
Responding, Papandreou blasted what he called the "conspiracy scenarios" that the country's creditors desire Greece's bankruptcy.
He warned of the risk of "a new division of the Greek society" if "the rabble becomes a tool in the hands of others", and accused SYRIZA of inciting many of the groups that have been publicly attacking PASOK cadres recently.
On the Memorandum, the premier said that "the treatment is unpleasant but necessary".
Papandreou further said that his government had succeeded in securing an extension to the EU-IMF loan repayment period and reduction of the loan's interest rate in the basic renegotiation of the terms of the 110 billion euros bailout loan, and added that "we will achieve still more".
As regards the privatizations, he stressed that the government maintains the control and participates in crucial infrastructures, stressing that privatization is not an end in itself but instead it is a vehicle to economic growth, know-how and new job positions.
On the Memorandum, the premier said that “the treatment is unpleasant but necessary”.
Papandreou further said that his government had succeeded in securing an extension to the EC-ECB-IMF Memorandum loan repayment period and reduction of the loan’s interest rate in the basic renegotiation of the terms of the 110 billion euros bailout loan, and added that “we will achieve still more”.