Mitsotakis: Gov’t may gain confidence of parliament, but not of Greek people

The premier may receive a confidence vote, but he will not gain the confidence of the Greek people, New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview to Ant1 TV on Monday night, calling on deputies to consider their vote carefully.

“A vote of confidence means voting for the Prespes Agreement, and voting for a government that harms the country,” the main opposition leader said, referring to the name issue Agreement signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and reiterating that his party will not vote for the Agreement.

Mitsotakis also said that the Agreement gives FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev the right to monopolise the name “Macedonia”, and that’s why he states that he got from Greece what he really wanted, “Macedonian” identity and “Macedonian” language.

The Agreement, ratified by the Skopje parliament on Friday, will be tabled in the Greek parliament for voting. “If it doesn’t pass parliament, then negotiations have to start from the very beginning,” the ND leader said, asserting that he was not pressured by either visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the European People’s Party to support the Prespes Agreement.