New Democracy MP Anna Karamanli apologized on Wednesday following reports that she had sworn at a Finance Ministry official during a row over the single property tax (ENFIA).
Reports on Wednesday suggested Karamanli had told ministry adviser Giorgos Theodorakopoulos to “tell [Finance Minister Gikas] Hardouvelis to go f**k himself” after the official briefed New Democracy MPs on Tuesday about the amendments that the government was making to ENFIA.
“I am very sorry that I overstepped the mark,” Karamanli, a former volleyball player and TV presenter, said via her Twitter account. “I am not at all sorry about the essence of what I had to say about ENFIA.”
Speaking later to Parapolitika radio, Karamanli said she was reflecting the feelings of her constituents in Athens.
“I see people that are suffering, people that do not have money to pay their mortgage but at the same time have to find a way to pay the property tax,” she said, before adding that she did not hold Hardouvelis responsible for the problems with the tax.