“The so-called ‘moral advantage of the Left’ had become the shortest joke,” main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in Parliament on Wednesday, accusing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of “corruption and building a clientelist state.”
Speaking during a debate to discuss the findings of a Parliamentary investigation into the loans to political parties and media enterprises, Mitsotakis accused Tsipras of presenting “false dilemmas, conspiracy theories and character assassinations.”
The prime minister was “going under”, ND’s leader claimed, and trying to erect barriers to protect himself: the first of these was a clientelist state, with public-sector appointments for those that didn’t deserve them, and the second was the so-called “battle” against corruption and graft.
“You accused the old political system of being collectively corrupt. There is corruption in Greece but you did not fight it; instead you attempted to consort with it,” he said, accusing the government of “attempting to build a new corruption that was worse than the old”.
“Your attempt to control the broadcasting sector collapsed after the Council of State judgement. For you the fight against corruption is a pretext for gathering all powers to yourself,” the main opposition leader said.
Mitsotakis ended by saying that the present government was the “most harmful” that Greece has known in the post-junta era, while noting that the Parliamentary investigation had not turned up evidence of wrongdoing by political figures.