SYRIZA MPs ask that ELSTAT's entire former board be heard in Parliament

Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary spokesman Panagiotis Lafazanis and SYRIZA MP Dimitris Papadimoulis on Monday sent a letter to Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos asking that all seven former board members of Greece's statistical authority ELSTAT be invited to appear before Parliament's Economic Affairs Committee to present their views on Tuesday.
Venizelos fired the entire board of the independent authority except the chairman last week, at about the same time as a member of the ELSTAT board made grave accusations of possible irregularities in the calculation of deficit figures that may have artificially enlarged the apparent size of the country's deficit.
Only the board chairman is currently scheduled to appear in Parliament, something that the two MPs describe as "inconceivable and provocative" given the grave accusations appearing in the media that the figures had been "tweaked" to appear larger.

A copy of the letter has also been sent to the chairwoman of the Economic Affairs Committee.

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