Ousted ND deputy Kammenos launches own party

Independent MP Panos Kammenos launched his new party, Independent Greeks, on Sunday, promising to set up a committee to investigate the causes of the crisis and to regain the sovereignty he believes Greece has lost to its lenders.

Speaking at the town hall in Distomo, where more than 200 Greeks were killed by Nazi troops in 1944, Kammenos claimed that Greece had been the ?victim of an international conspiracy that was planned between spring 2009 and spring 2010.?

In a speech that was very critical of the European Union and International Monetary Fund, and Germany in particular, Kammenos said that Greece was the victim of ?blatant blackmail.?

?The Greek tragedy is not only an economic problem, it?s a political problem and every day it is turning into a problem of national sovereignty,? he said.

Kammenos said he was in favor of setting up an independent committee to investigate why Greece finds itself in the current crisis and what responsibilities politicians hold.

He said that his main aims are ?the withdrawal of political asylum for ministers, MPs and public officials, the attribution of responsibilities and the seizing of property belonging to those responsible for the crisis, the protection of national sovereignty, challenging for German [Second World War] reparations, cancelling the illegal [EU-IMF] loan memorandum and the effort to build a new Greece.?

Kammenos formed his new party after being ousted from New Democracy due to his opposition to the new EU-IMF loan agreement. A recent Public Issue opinion poll for Kathimerini suggested Independent Greeks would get enough votes at the upcoming elections to pass the 3-percent threshold to enter Parliament.

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