Velopoulos: "I am not going to cooperate with Kyriakos Mitsotakis and New Democracy in the election"

Kyriakos Velopoulos

The president of the right-wing Hellenic Solution party said that he will not enter a coalition with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his ruling New Democracy party.

"I am not going to cooperate with Kyriakos Mitsotakis and with the New Democracy, period and dash," said Velopoulos, who, against the background of the latest developments with his party's deputies, clarified on Crete TV that "when you have institutions, you refer to the Ethics Committee for explanations and not an apology."

"The email that was sent talked about explanations and not an apology," he said, adding that the case is now in the courts and that he will not leave any shadow on the Hellenic Solution.

"We also know when the appointment took place, we know who it was with, we also know the names and there are people who can confirm it," said the party leader, clarifying that "when your reputation is damaged, the first thing you do is go to court."

"New Democracy has been moving the basket of the apostate politician for a long time, long before the basket of Mr. Georgiadis," said Velopoulos.

"The biggest problem of the New Democracy is the survival of its leader. New Democracy will exist even after Mitsotakis, but Mitsotakis will not exist if he loses the elections or if he does not win them what they want, to be independent or if Androulakis does not agree to co-govern.

According to Velopoulos, New Democracy, SYRIZA and PASOK "have now osmosis between themselves and are making leverage," adding that all three parties "facilitated the release of poly-lifers who had committed serious crimes, turned felonies into misdemeanors, such as the theft of railway equipment, reduced the penalties for crimes such as drug trafficking, arms trafficking and antiquities theft, made the supply and possession of explosives and the manufacture of Molotov cocktails a misdemeanor, while reducing the penalty for homicide."

He also referred to the positions of the Hellenic Solution on the economy, saying that after the elections things will be even more difficult and that the debt has already reached 400 billion. He also referred to national issues, but also to hydrocarbons, reacting to any co-op scenario with Turkey.

"We and Turkey have an issue, the Exclusive Economic Zone, we will go to Hamburg, there are the UNCLOS maritime zones, not to The Hague," the party president said, repeating that the Greek islands are being demilitarised.

Velopoulos called on young people to vote not with anger but with thought and seriousness, while for his political opponents, he said that "they are too few for the big problems".

As the May 21 elections approach, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his political rivals are intensifying their campaigns.

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