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SYRIZA slams former MP over criticism of measures

SYRIZA slams former MP over criticism of measures

Ruling SYRIZA has hit back at former lawmaker and current independent Euro MP Sofia Sakorafa over comments criticizing government policy in the wake of two controversial reform multi-bills that were ratified by Parliament this month.

“It is a paradox for Mrs Sakorafa, who likely saw her career with SYRIZA as a first-class opportunity for professional advancement, to act the fervent preacher of morality and militancy,” SYRIZA said in a press release late on Monday. “Let us remind her that throughout her time with SYRIZA she did not pay a single euro in contributions to the party… or a single euro to social solidarity.”

Sakorafa, a former athlete, was elected to European Parliament on SYRIZA’s ticket in 2014, resigning from the party and standing as an independent the following year.

On Sunday, she issued a statement accusing the government of “sealing our people’s grave and putting Greece under the hammer” after Parliament approved a raft of measures, including tax hikes and a new privatization fund.

“The anguish of our people is enormous; the political shock you have provoked is enormous. And there is nothing more vulgar than using that anguish and shock to pass [measures] no one else could have passed,” the Euro MP said.

“Mrs Sakorafa can keep her lessons and admonitions to herself,” the party responded in its press release.