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Firebrand SYRIZA MP Faces Parliament’s Ethics Committee Over Rant

ATHENS – Provocative SYRIZA lawmaker Pavlos Polakis will face the Greek Parliament’s Ethics Committee for a non-stop verbal attack on New Democracy Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis, breaching the rules.

Polakis, a former deputy health minister who defied No Smoking laws and was an anti-vaxxer until forced by party leader and former premier Alexis Tsipras to be inoculated against COVID-19 assailed Georgiadis.

Polakis deried Georgiadis when the two were in the Parliament cafeteria, media reports said, the SYRIZA minister apparently threatening his rival and the two nearly came to blows before security separated them.

Polakis kept up a rant on the floor of Parliament, ignoring warnings from Speaker Konstantinos Tassoulas to stop and failing to comply with repeated calls to order, said Kathimerini.

Tassoulas referred him to the Ethics Committee after being forced to turn off his microphone when Polakis wouldn’t stop talking in what was called a rambling, weaving attack.

That included references to an unraveled alleged scandal around the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis in which SYRIZA pushed a case against 10 rival politicians, accusing them of taking bribes.

That was built on the word of two alleged whistleblowers who said they overheard that was the case but who never produced a shred of evidence and the accused cleared, but SYRIZA still insisting there’s a scandal.

Even after his microphone was turned off, Polakis wouldn’t stop shouting, which required the session to be paused and then canceled, with Tassoulas calling the incident “disheartening.”

He said that “Parliament is not just any place where we can take the stand to say whatever we want and do whatever we want,” and there are rules on decorum barring personal attacks.

Despite the violation of the House rules, SYRIZA spokesman Yiannis Ragousis said the decision to stop Polakis’ speech was “unconstitutional and putschist,” and defended the out-of-control raving.

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