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Tsipras: New Democracy Is a Bankrupt Party

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Friday accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Parliament President Kostas Tasoulas of attempting, "in an unprecedented way for the Greek parliament, to gag a powerful truth. The fact that ruling New Democracy (ND) is a bankrupt party, a strategic bad payer that exists at the Greek taxpayers' expense."

Speaking to the press outside the Greek parliament, Tsipras said that the balance sheet with the party's finances that was just unveiled constitutes "a monument of unreliability and managerial ineptitude" that reflected on Mitsotakis himself.

"When a prime minister can't get his own party's finances in order, how can he do this for the country's economy," asked Tsipras.

Tsipras accused ND of "having a long tradition of bankruptcy, in its policy for both the country and the party," while adding that this created a major issue of equality before the law.

"There is also a matter of democracy," he added, pointing out that when a party owed 340 million euros to the banks, which Greek taxpayers had paid for "with their blood," and faced no consequence as a result, then the banks knew that they held that political party in thrall. "[In this case], it does not operate to benefit the public interest, especially in positions of government. It works for the interests of its creditors and, in this case, for the banks".

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