IMF Denies Reports it Demanded Greek Opposition’s Support of Bailout Measures

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday denied reports that it had demanded the Greek government to secure the support of the opposition in voting measures required by creditors to continue bailout negotiations.

According to Kathimerini newspaper, at an Ecofin meeting of European finance ministers, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin reportedly told press the IMF was seeking a commitment from the Greek opposition that it would support the government in passing measures that would apply from 2019 onward.

Sapin commented on the issue: “Imagine them asking us in France to demand the opposition’s support on any issue,” the French minister said. “We can’t ask the Greek government to get assurances from the opposition, which it naturally does not want to see in government.”

However, a Fund official responded that, “The IMF is not demanding any assurances from the opposition in Greece.”