Main opposition New Democracy’s leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ was “completely out of order” to demand elections, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on SKAI television on Monday.
Commenting on Mitsotakis’ meeting with President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, she noted that it should be the government accusing ND of anti-democratic and anti-institutional behaviour, given ND’s refusal to cooperate in order to arrive at a consensus for the formation of a new National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).
“The government has the intention to consent and we are open to dialogue that will help restore legality and constitutionality in the country,” Gerovasili said, adding that former ND minister Vyron Polydoras was proposed as head of the independent authority with this aim in mind.
She also pointed out that Council of State rulings dating back to 2010 had judged that television stations had been operating in an illegal and unconstitutional manner. “Attempts to form an NCRTV were made three times, after which point the government tabled the measures,” Gerovasili noted.
Regarding her own, much-criticised reaction to the CoS ruling, Gerovasili noted that the Constitution gave her the right to express her opinion. “We judge but we implement the laws. That is what the government does,” she added, noting that she “fully respects the judges’ decision”.
Replying to questions, she ruled out the prospect of a fourth bailout agreement and memorandum, noting that it was damaging to even talk about the possibility.