ATHENS- New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras accused on Friday Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of lying to Greeks and of misinterpreting the IMF’s debt sustainability analysis published yesterday, while he argued that the government wants to get the country out of the euro.
“The same report blames his [Tsipras’] government for the deterioration of Greece’s economy in the past five months,” Samaras said, which is why “it is proposing a new memorandum with much harsher measures … They [the IMF] accuse them of worsening everything and they are celebrating! They are bringing them a new memorandum and they’re happy about it.”
The leader of the main opposition noted that debt restructuring was already included in agreements dating from 2012. “With this government, we’re in danger of a bank deposit haircut,” he added.
Samaras urged Greeks to vote ‘yes’ to the euro on Sunday, clarifying that citizens are not selecting between this or that proposal. “Because now they told us they will sign a deal within 48 hours, something they haven’t accomplished in 5 months! And of course, in 48 hours they will bring a better deal.”
“So what’s the point of the referendum?” wondered Samaras and added “Why create division? Why did the country have to collapse?” And continues by citing a statement Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos who said it was called to avoid the government’s collapse. “They wanted to take our country out of the euro with the approval of our people,” he added.
“I urge all Greeks, whatever they believe, to go to the polls united. And most importantly, whatever they vote, to be united the day after,” Samaras said.