Interior Min Skourletis: No early elections issue, the government has made it crystal clear

“There is no early elections issue and the government has made it crystal clear” said Interior Minister Panos Skourletis in an interview with Athens Macedonian News Agency on Sunday adding that main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis raises the issue as a smokescreen to “cover his unbelievable commitment to the memorandum recipes and to cover his own programme which is a programme based on the logic of the memoranda” he said.

Skourletis referring to the second review of the Greek programme explained that the “government’s intention is the current programme, the current measures that have been already voted, to be the last and the estimations that 2017 will be a year of growth to be justified. Moreover, to be a year of stabilisation of whatever successes may come in order to be able to say that we have formed the conditions that will disengage us from the austerity policies”.

On IMF’s participation in the Greek programme, he estimated that “it demands the adoption of a number of positions that will be against the country’s interest and particularly against the interests of the world of work” he said and concluded “I believe that the discussion should continue with our European partners and without the IMF”.