It is a dishonour for any politician to invoke a law that protects ministers from prosecution by requiring that Parliament lift his or her parliamentary immunity.
The tight embrace of the two coalition partners in the September, 2015 general election signaled more than just a reaffirmation of the Prime Minister’s trust in his junior coalition partner.
Kammenos today expelled Papachristopopulos, effectively dissolving his parliamentary group, and reported that in a letter to Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis.
'The sooner the general election is held the better, so that this degenerate situation which does not benefit the country and harms Greeks can end,' said ND's spokesperson
Tsipras scraps parliamentary rules change following charges from the opposition and the press that he is being blackmailed by his ex-junior coalition partner.
Because in our peculiar country there is an underlying current of political instability, it would be best to come to a radical and clear solution now.
The change directly affects the government’s former junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks leader PanosKammenos, who is about to lose his fifth MP.
Kammenos saw the shift to conservatism triggered by the backlash on the Macedonia naming issue and counted on a political rebirth.
The agreement was approved by majority, with the key votes of To Potami VP Yorgos Mavrotas and former To Potami MP Spiros Danellis.
Opposition parties are up in arms over the agreement and the allegedly nefarious backroom deals to forge an absolute parliamentary majority for ratification.
When asked, “Do you believe that the withdrawal of the Independent Greeks from the government was a move pre-arranged by Tsipras and Kammenos or not?” 68.3 percent responded that it was pre-arranged.
Tsipras stressed that he is the prime minister that led the country out of the bailout memorandum era while tending to the needs of those in lower income brackets,
Mitsotakis said the agreement was that Tsipras keeps his parliamentary majority and Kammenos would retain the five MPs needed to remain a parliamentary party.
Kammenos is now trying to lure independent MPs who have left or have been expelled from other parties
Greece will continue to be ruled by a government that sacrifices the political stability that the country sorely needs in order to stay in power at all costs.
Kammenos has been replaced by Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, until now Greece’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
At the moment politics is being channeled towards gamblers’ practices and the system of government is slipping into an anomalous situation, comparable to the one that prevailed in the mid-1960s.
Political uncertainty predominates, resulting in the entrapment of and threat to the economy, as Mr. Tsipras would concede.
PM Alexis Tsipras, beyond his 145 MPs, has secured the approval of six MPs from smaller parties to ratify the accord.
It would be a grave error if the PM were to attempt to stay in power by bending to the dictates of his partner or by seeking the scatterred votes of MPs.
Alexis Tsipras made clear that Defence Minister Panos Kammenos’ stance on the Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement poses a problem for the government’s parliamentary majority.
Tsipras said that if necessary he will seek the confidence vote before he tables for ratification the Greece-FYROM accord.
Mitsotakis said Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA will destroy the country if they complete their term in office.
His party is crumbling. His MPs and cadres have already joined the Tsipras bandwagon, and Kammenos is feeling the earth move under his feet.
The era of warm embraces between PM Alexis Tsipras and Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos appears to have passed, despite their mutual passion for power.
Either the government will secure the requisite majority to continue its work or it will go to the polls as soon as possible.
The government must examine all the parameters before it sacrifices everything in order to remain in power as a minority government.
The PM clearly views its prospective ratification as a major accomplishment of his government.
A key qustion is whether Apostolakis indeed has information from intelligence services about the prospect of a Turkish landing and takeover of a Greek rock islet.
With its customary opportunism, the government has managed to transform the Greece-FYROM Prespa Agreement into a domestic problem that has divided society and the government itself.
In Larissa, Kammenos said that he will pull out of the government if the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia finalises the constitutional amendments required by the Prespa accord on 15 January.
When Mr. Tsipras cannot persuade his coalition partner to stop shrieking and making nationalist pronouncements, he cannot demand unconditional opposition support.