Conservative MPs walk out during debate on offshore amendment


New Democracy deputies on Wednesday walked out of a parliamentary debate over an amendment revoking a controversial provision that removed a blanket ban on MPs and public officials from being involved in offshore firms.

The provision, which was voted into law last month as part of an omnibus bill of reforms demanded by creditors, had come under strong fire from opposition parties.

“You are making a mockery of the Parliament and the Greek people. We shall not be part of this absurdity,” said ND parliamentary spokesman Nikos Dendias before party MPs left the House.

Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili reacted to the ND gesture with a message on her Twitter account. “ND’s defense of political ethics and transparency in Parliament lasted no more than 15 minutes. They have been exposed,” she said.