Mitsotakis slams government reaction to Attica wildfires

Mitsotakis slams government reaction to Attica wildfires

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader, Kyriacos Mitsotakis, held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the devastating Attica Wildfires that have claimed the lives of 92 people.

Mitsotakis launched a scathing attack on the government and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while also demanding a top-level probe into the responsibility for the tragedy and the resignation of ministers and others.

“I will do all I can to find answers to all the questions and make sure responsibilities are attributed,” he said.

More specifically, the center-right politician said citizens should rest assured that those responsible for allowing the wildfires to cause so many deaths will be held accountable, while urging the Supreme Court to order that the investigation is handed to top-level prosecutors.

Mitsotakis fiercely attacked Prime Minister Tsipras, calling him cynical, audacious catastrophic and completely out of touch. “Tsipras was once young and irresponsible, now he is cynical and catastrophic” the ND leader said of the Prime Minister.

He also called for the resignation of senior government and state officials who failed to deal with the fires properly. Specifically, the ND wondered how Interior Minister Panos Skourletis, Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas, Attica Governor Rena Dourou, the chief of the fire brigade and the general secretary for civil protection are still in their posts. “What is the point of assuming political responsibility without resigning”, he wondered.

The main opposition leader accused the government of trying to cover up who was responsible for the fires. “They put on a show for the cameras when the wildfires broke out and we all knew people had died”, Mitsotakis said. He went on to blame the government and authorities of not ordering the evacuation of the fire-struck areas.

Finally, the New Democracy leader also presented a series of initiatives and measures he plans to take if his party comes to power. He said the most competent individuals will be appointed to key roles in the civic protection mechanism, stressing that the General Secretary for Civil Protection will have the absolute authority to deal with natural disasters./IBNA