Independent Greeks hold emergency talks after a third of MPs miss national council

Independent Greek MPs are due to hold emergency talks at the anti-bailout party’s headquarters in Athens on Monday after six of 18 lawmakers failed to attend a meeting of the group’s national council on Saturday

The deputies’ failure to attend Saturday’s event prompted calls from other MPs for party leader Panos Kammenos to take disciplinary action.

Others, though, argued that this was just a sign of the party’s inexperience.

“We are still in kindergarten and you cannot impose punishment,” said Independent Greeks lawmaker Pavlos Haikalis, an actor. “Until we find our feet, we will have problems.”

Kammenos put the MPs’ absence down to a “misunderstanding” and said things would be clarified at Monday’s meeting due to be held at 2 p.m.

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