ATHENS – Despite a new bailout reprieve propping up Greece, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said it won’t save the country.
Mitsotakis has reiterated ihs demand for snap elections as he again ripped into Prime Minsiter and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who reneged on campaign promises to get a third bailout of 86 billion euros ($95.59 billion) he said he didn’t want and wouldn’t accept but did both.
“He is an opportunist that will do whatever he can to remain in power and cannot be trusted in Greece and abroad,” Mitsotakis told a meeting of New Democracy’s political committee.
Since taking over, he has lifted the former rulers into a big lead over SYRIZA in polls even though New Democracy had also imposed austerity measures Mitsotakis now is criticizing.
As Administrative Reform Minister he was in charge of firing state workers but didn’t go after those with fake degrees and forged credentials who are going to be rehired by SYRIZA if they can pass tests.
Mitsotakis said Tsipras’ battles with creditors drew out the bailout process and cost Greece more than it should have, and noted the Premier essentially surrendered without getting debt relief as he had sought.
“Mr. Tsipras handed over everything and got nothing in return,” he said. He said that his plan for the economy – to lower taxes he had agreed to raise while serving in an earlier coalition – would lead Greece back to recovery although the lenders won’t allow it.
He said with policy changes he didn’t outline, Greece could grow by 4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year over the next five years and create 120,000 jobs annually although there are more than 1.1 million people out of worker.
SYRIZA, defending its cave in to the lenders, said Mitsotakis was a doomsayer and would press on with what it’s told to do.