ANEL differentiate position from MP, say will vote article on citizenship

The Independent Greeks (ANEL) will vote article 29 on acquiring Greek citizenship, the party’s parliamentary spokesman Thanasis Papachristopoulos said on Thursday, clarifying ANEL’s position.

The statement came after ANEL’s rapporteur Konstantinos Katsikis faced criticism in parliament after saying the party will be voting down the article regarding the procedure for obtaining the Greek citizenship by foreign minors who study in Greek schools.

“It’s a democratic right of every lawmaker to vote according to their conscience. We have achieved this in our parliamentary group. We have done it at least five times so far. However, this provision should be voted,” Papachristopoulos said. He then rejected criticism of Katsikis’ comments saying ANEL “is a very solid parliamentary group”.

Speaking earlier in parliament, Katsikis said ANEL will vote against article 29, “as we did in the summer of 2015 when we disagreed with this draft bill [on Greek citizenship].”