Gov’t, opposition exchange attacks after parliamentary debate

Gov’t, opposition exchange attacks after parliamentary debate

Greece’s left-led government and the conservative opposition continued their heated exchange after the parliament voted early on Thursday to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two ex premiers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

“Yesterday’s debate turned into a Waterloo for the government majority,” New Democracy spokeswoman Maria Spyraki said Thursday during a press briefing, while warning the government against swiftly wrapping up the preliminary inquiry, as [Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras has already suggested.”

“The accusers became the accused and the campaign to prosecute rivals was clearly nothing but a case of political prosecution,” she said.

ND’s criticism did not go unchallenged.

“The only Waterloo yesterday was New Democracy’s stance which despite calling for full light to be shed on the Novartis case, it eventually shied away from voting in favor of forming a [parliamentary] committee, confirming that [ND chief Kyriakos] Mitsotakis is even afraid of his own deputies,” a government source said.

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