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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-13

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  • [01] ND leader on PM's press conference

  • [01] ND leader on PM's press conference

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, commenting on the press conference given by Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday, said that "the problem is not the first 100 days that were lost but the days that are coming."

    Samaras said that the Greek people remember exactly what the ruling PASOK had promised before the elections "and it is not necessary for us to show how quickly their promises were denied."

    He added that "the government itself is acting and denying itself on a daily basis" which, as he said, did not have the slightest plan.

    "Its ministers are proving this on a daily basis, they are contradicting each other and when they think that they agree with each other then they are annulled by their own Parliamentary representative," he said.

    "It is difficult for one to exercise opposition to a government that is opposing its very self so spectacularly and which shows such inexhaustible inventiveness in refuting itself every day, withdrawing in the morning amendments that it submits at night, as was the case today with the unbelievable fiasco with the amendment on parental grants," he added.

    The main opposition party leader said that in PASOK "they had promised increases in the salaries of civil servants and now they are preparing drastic cutbacks with the taxation of their bonuses, they had promised not to increase taxes and they are already announcing a tax raid, they promised to tidy up public administration and they have not yet finished with the appointments of general secretaries and with the duties of deputy ministers and Greece is in danger of losing tens of millions of euros from ESPA that have remained halfway and cannot be received."

    "Our problem is not the government of PASOK failing, it is achieving this by itself. Our problem is to support Greece, its economy, its social cohesion, its security, the morale of ordinary people and we want all the Greeks with us on this course," Samaras concluded.

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