PASOK-KINAL leader tables joint censure motion in Greek parliament

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Wed, 27 Mar 2024 7:21 GMT
PASOK-KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis tabled a four-party censure of motion against the government on Tuesday afternoon, as he had announced earlier.
PASOK-KINAL leader tables joint censure motion in Greek parliament

PASOK-KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis tabled a four-party censure of motion against the government on Tuesday afternoon, as he had announced earlier.

Speaking in Greek parliament after the action, he said, "We assumed this initiative to put a final end to anything offending the rule of law and, consequently, the proud Greek people." 

The censure was jointly tabled with main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, Nea Aristera and Plefsi Eleftherias parties. It will be voted on on Thursday night.

Debate on censure of motion against the government begins on Tuesday afternoon

In their motion of censure against the government, the four parties signing it including main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance and PASOK-KINAL, charged the government with negligence in railway safety systems leading to the fatal Tempi train collision in February 2023, despite what they said were warnings by administrators, rail officials, and workers' unions.

They also accused the government of "criminal delay and indifference, along with a similarly criminal and carefully planned effort to cover up the case and create a protective veil over specific persons."

Among other issues, they also claimed the government had tampered with the evidence through interventions in the accident area, what they claimed were splicing of cellphone conversations, and a parliamentary committee that "ignored repeated requests by opposition parties", producing a report that blamed the accident on human error. The latter, they said, was in disregard to a three-member experts committee laying responsibility for the accident with continuing failures of system implementations, including an EU-funded signalling system.

They also claimed the prime minister "refused to attend" the debate on the committee's report in parliament, "disregarding the role and operation of parliament itself."

The parties included in their criticism other issues they said related to the rule of law in Greece that they claimed ruling New Democracy undermined.

"Greece looks less and less like a modern European country, as the government is unable to guarantee to citizens a decent income, basic security, and the the time-honored achievements of the welfare state," their explanatory note said.

Eighty-five MPs signed the joint motion, including party leaders Nikos Androulakis (PASOK-KINAL), Alexis Charitsis of Nea Aristera, Zoi Konstantopoulou, and SYRIZA's parliamentary committee chairman Sokratis Famellos.

Voting to take place on Thursday night 

Following the government's decision, debate on the censure motion begins at 7:00 pm, instead of making use of a two-day break in works. "We wish the immediate progress of the process and the immediate debate of the motion of censure," State Minister Makis Voridis told parliament after the tabling of the motion. Voting will take place on Thursday night.

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