SYRIZA: "Mitsotakis regime defamed Greece all over the world"

SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Alex Tsipras

"The regime" of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis "has managed to have Greece defamed around the world because of the wiretapping case," main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said in social media on Saturday.

Referring to the premier, he continued to say that "while it doesn't seem as though there is much to spoil the vacations of our 'national tourist', the revelations continue."

In particular, "Sunday's Kathimerini newspaper refers to the monitoring of other politicians too, while also revealing that the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP) used the Predator malicious software, which it had leased from a private individual," he added. "Exactly what the government representative had denied in April."

Iliopoulos noted that "the Mitsotakis regime will apologize" and that "the truth will not remain hidden, as it will be seen that the 'dark forces' involved in mafioso surveillance of politicians, journalists and businessmen are not some foreign forces, but Maximos Mansion itself."

Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, in an article published on Friday in 'Efimerida Ton Syntakton' newspaper, accuses exclusively Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the "surveillance scandal."

"The revelations so far about the 'legal' and illegal surveillance of politicians and journalists constitute a grave insult to the Constitution and leave a deep wound in the democratic functioning of the State. And Mr. Mitsotakis himself is, without a doubt, solely responsible for this. No only because as a prime minister he has the objective responsibility, but also because he hastened from the first day of his governance to assume, by law, the responsibility of the National Intelligence Service (EYP)," Tsipras noted.

After denouncing "public lies" by the prime minister's close associates, Tsipras underlined that there is "no doubt about the intentions but also the guilt, both of themselves and of their political superior."

The leader of the main opposition referred to the "next day" stressing that "the simple change in power is not enough."

As he stated, "what is required is a plan for the reorganisation of the Third Hellenic Republic. An institutional restart plan, which will concern not only the EYP, but also the judiciary system, the operation of the media, independent authorities and control mechanisms" with "serious and courageous reforms that will ensure more democracy, transparency, accountability, justice and meritocracy".