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Tsipras to respond to gov’t policy program

The debate on the coalition government?s policy program continues on Saturday evening for a second day, starting with the leader of the opposition, Alexis Tsipras.

It followed Friday?s presentation of the policy framework by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with a view to the vote of confidence to the government, scheduled for midnight on Sunday.

The other political leaders will follow, as will all the government ministers who will present their detailed plans for their own area of responsibility.

Tsipras, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), is set to accuse the government that it has already abandoned its election pledge to renegotiate the bailout agreement with Greece?s official creditors.

Among the ministers to speak on Saturday will be Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis.

Stournaras will likely refer to the new tax bill his ministry will prepare and table in Parliament as soon as possible.

Hatzidakis is expected to say that the main target of his ministry will be the restoration of liquidity in the market, so as to stop layoffs and company closures.

Sources say that SYRIZA deputies are considering to walk out when the leader of Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) is about to speak, ?for symbolic purposes?.