“The government’s work continues normally,” Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras regarding reforms in the public sector.
As far as the election of the President of the Hellenic Republic is concerned, he said he believes MPs will live up to the expectations and elect a President.
Asked if possible snap elections would constitute a “credit negative,” he said that possible polls would undermine the Greek economy’s course towards recovery.
“The responsibility rests with the MPs. The President’s election is not a vote of confidence to the government. Until the third ballot, the MPs must consider if their vote is consistent with the Constitution’s requirements,” he said.
Regarding Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis’ statement that if MPs vote for a Greek President, their stance would not be considered an apostasy, he said “let us put talk on apostasy aside and allow MPs to freely judge the single candidacy of Stavros Dimas.”
He added that the lay-offs issue was not discussed in his meeting with Samaras and that there are specific pledges and time schedules that will be met. On the draft law for the evaluation and certain internal interventions in the public sector’s labor market, he noted that these will be put to public consultation before Christmas, adding that he has called public sector union ADEDY to discuss the issue but they have not yet responded.