The government inspired absolutely no confidence that it was able to handle a crisis, main opposition New Democracy shadow defence minister Vassilis Kikilias commented, in a statement on SKAI television on Saturday.
“There is a serious issue. It is unheard of that this government is unable to agree within itself on the very serious issues of this country. I remind you of the differences in the statements made by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and Alternate Defence Minister Fotis Kouvelis and then his successor Panagiotis Rigas, between Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and Kammenos, a short while ago by [then] Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Kammenos, of government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and Mr. Kotzias, of [Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras with Kotzias and Kammenos…if some incident should take place, which I sincerely hope it will not, who will talk with whom so that it is seriously dealt with and so that Greeks know that our national independence and territorial integrity are secure against any hostile force,” Kikilias asked.
Kikilias also commented on the high level of trust in the armed forces in Greece, while noting that the next elections will be the most crucial of the post-junta era.
“In times of crisis, insecurity and tight fiscal policy, lack of governance brings disaster very near. And lack of governance is Tsipras’ plan with the simple proportional representation that he has voted into effect from the elections after next, so that the country enters a new crisis spiral and never escapes the misery. The impoverishment of the population suits Tsipras and his benefits policy,” Kikilias said.
ND’s policy, he added, was entirely different and aimed at investments that would create new jobs and opportunities, while the party’s main request was that the voters who abstained in previous elections should now participate, placing their trust in ND and the party’s leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.