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Conservative lawmakers demand explanations from PM over Varoufakis leak

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Twenty-four lawmakers of the conservative New Democracy party on Monday filed a formal request in Parliament demanding that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answer questions regarding a plan by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis for creating a parallel credit system in the event of a Greek exit from the eurozone.

The lawmakers say that a telephone conversation leaked by Kathimerini on Sunday in which Varoufakis admitted that he was planning to hack into the Finance Ministry’s database in order to collect tax codes with a view of setting up a parallel system for paying wages and pensions, entails not just “political but also criminal liability.”

They call on Tsipras to tell Parliament whether he had knowledge of the plan and whether it was being designed with his approval. They also request an explanation of what steps the leftist prime minister intends to take for the issue to be investigated.