After forming a ‘truth’ committee to investigate Greece’s bailout agreements with its lenders and perform a public debt audit, parliament head Zoi Konstantopoulou released two videos saying ‘Check it, Erase it,’ referring to the country’s accumulated debt.
Zoi Konstantopoulou, the head of the Greek parliament and a SYRIZA member, released two videos to promote the investigative parliamentary committee to look into the circumstances surrounding the signing of the country’s two bailout agreements that led Greece to implement unprecedented austerity measures.
Already gone viral in Greece, the short video spots end with the message “Check it, Erase it” referring to the country’s 320 billion-euro debt.
Although the leftist SYRIZA government won the Greek snap elections last January promising to seek massive debt forgiveness, only two days before the videos’ release Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that Greece will repay all its creditors.
New Democracy, the party headed by former PM and minority leader Antonis Samaras said that Konstantopoulou is using the parliament as “a propaganda mechanism.”
Konstantopoulou has said that the newly established “Debt Truth Committee,” will investigate how much of the debt is “illegal” with a view to writing it off, reported AP.
Out of the 300 Greek MPs, 156 voted in favor of establishing the public debt auditing committee early Tuesday morning.
“The committee will examine how Greece entered into the bailout agreements with its international lenders, as well as any other matter related to the memoranda’ implementation,” SYRIZA Parliamentary Secretary Christos Mantas had explained earlier.
“We are fulfilling our commitment and the social demand to explore the causes and responsibilities of an unprecedented crisis that devastated the vast majority of society,” Mantas added.
Watch the Hellenic Parliament’s videos on Greek debt below with English subtitles: