The new law for television licences has already been rendered null in the eyes of the electorate and a New Democracy government will soon revoke it formally, main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday in Parliament.
Speaking during an off-the-agenda Parliament debate on corruption and intertwined interests called by the government, Mitsotakis promised to reverse the law passed by Minister of State Nikos Pappas and “restore conditions of competition, increasing the number of licences.”
ND’s leader also alleged “government intervention in justice” in connection with the television licences tender process, focusing on a decision to postpone a planned session of the Council of State to discuss a related case on September 30.
“In no country where there is rule of law is the session of a supreme court cancelled. This did not even happen during the junta,” he said, noting that the mission of the supreme court was to interpret the law, not public opinion.
“I appeal for this dissonance to be corrected. The court must resolve the issue of the constitutionality of the Pappas law as soon as possible,” he said, noting that the job of judges was to apply the law.
Slamming the government for unreliability and reneging on past promises, Mitsotakis also criticised the process launched to discuss possible changes to the Constitution, noting that the revision of the Constitution was “the exclusive province of Parliament.”
The country needs an overall strategy for fighting corruption and intertwined interests, which goes beyond the witch hunt currently being attempted by the government, Mitsotakis said.
“The government has no plan for dealing with intertwined interests. It is instead developing its own. The country cannot afford to add a crisis of democracy to the existing economic and social crisis,” he noted.
SYRIZA’s designs would come to naught, along with its government, Mitsotakis added, ending with a challenge to the prime minister to “call elections if you dare.”