‘Democratic imperative’ for wide parliamentary majority to vote new measures, says Interior minister

It is a “democratic imperative” that the new measures which will be included in the second program review will be voted with a wide majority in parliament, Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said on Monday, speaking to radio station Real FM.

“Exactly because these measures concern the year 2019 onwards, there is a need for them to be voted by a very large majority in parliament,” the minister said, noting he is expressing his personal opinion and not a government position.

Asked if he is asking for 180 votes, he said: “I’m speaking of a very wide majority. I don’t know if it will be 180 or less, but you can understand that these measures concern the next government which we don’t know what it will be in its largest part. Therefore, we cannot ignore this dimension; the need to have a wider consensus.”