Samaras: No to 'Memorandum 2'

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Thursday reiterated that his party will vote against the "Memorandum 2" if the government does not change the direction of its policy, speaking in parliament during a debate on the Implementation Law for the Medium-Term fiscal programme 2012-2015 that was ratified in parliament on Wednesday night by the government
"Let me be clear about this, so that you can make your calculations. If the direction of your policy does not change substantively, we will vote against the Memorandum 2, even if you table it for ratification with a requirement of 180 (increased majority) votes, or 250 votes, or even 300 votes," Samaras said, addressing the government.
He also warned that such a decision (increased majority requirement) would be unconstitutional and "could lead to permanent political instability".
However, "if changes have been made allowing Greece to breathe and the economy to recovery, we will vote for it even if it is tabled as a simple law", Samaras continued.
The main opposition leader further opined that the PASOK government was preparing to "escape through early elections", warning that ND does not "accept blackmail".
"Unless that which your own cadres did not let you do a few days ago, in other words to resign, you now want to do by seeking a 180-vote" majority for ratification, Samaras adding, accusing the prime minister of a "resignation mania".
He also reiterated criticism of the government and prime minister George Papandreou of "not negotiating, but monotonously repeating that the Memorandum is the only solution", warning once again that with the economic prescription and treatment being followed by the government, there is no cure.
Samaras said it is discouraging that the government is totally identifying itself with all that the Troika proposes and accepting those proposals "without an inkling of negotiation and resistance", and of attacking himself instead.
Samaras called the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework 2012-2015 as "one more step on the wrong path that leads more deeply into impasse", and accused Papandreou of not accepting a government of national salvation, and of backing down on such a government for petty-party reasons and because he couldn't handle negotiating the Memorandum terms.
The ND leader further cast huge blame on the government for Wednesday's widespread violence in downtown Athens, accusing it of "resounding failure in protecting the freedom of the citizens and the safety of the country", and spoke of "bizarre scenes that reek of the para-state", and demanded that the prime minister and the citizens' protection minister give explanations in parliament.

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