16012019Headline:

Panos Kammenos: ANEL will not cast vote of confidence in government

Independent Greeks (ANEL) party leader Panos Kammenos on Sunday made it clear that the MPs in his parliamentary group will not cast a vote of confidence in the government, in a press conference after he announced his decision to resign as defence minister and withdraw from the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government.

A vote supporting the government would be tantamount to supporting the Prespes Agreement, he said.

“No solution that uses the term Macedonia was the decision of the first and third conference,” Kammenos told reporters. “For precisely this and only this reason, I announced to the prime minister today that ANEL are withdrawing from the government,” he said.

He suggested that the tabling of a vote of confidence was the result of “hypersensitivity” on the part of the prime minister.

During the press conference, Kammenos said that anyone “trading their vote for a government position” will be expelled from ANEL and added that those voting against will include himself, Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha and Kostas Katsikis.