Greek Parliament Votes on Cancellation of Pension Cuts



The Greek Parliament. File photo

The Greek Parliament will vote on Tuesday to decide the issue of the pension cuts which were scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2019.

Speaking of the E.U. promise that the cuts will not be needed, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said ”Today is a happy day for millions of our fellow citizens.” He added that ”I am glad that all deputies will be happy to vote another positive social measure.”

The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis verbally attacked Tsipras, saying that 2019 is an election year ”and your course will end at the ballot box, with the Greek people sending you back to the opposition”.

Responding to Mitsotakis, Tsipras noted that ”some do not understand that each step is part of a clear and specific plan. So they talk about promises and handouts.” The premier added that ”we do not give handouts. We are correcting the injustices created by the harsh and unprecedented austerity of your time in power.”

Mitsotakis accused Tsipras of believing that he can mislead the Greek society, saying that “all citizens know that your policy is a great lie, and today you celebrate 1,447 dark days in power.”

Tsipras retorted, saying that ”we are gradually returning to those hurt by the crisis and the memoranda, what they were unfairly deprived of for years.” He said that many people, both inside and outside Parliament, cannot believe their eyes, having staked everything on Europe’s refusal to agree to the cancellation of the cuts.

With information from A.M.N.A.