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Dora Bakoyannis: I feel unwelcome in New Democracy

14 February 2010 / 14:02:18  GRReporter
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Three months after the devastating for New Democracy electoral defeat from October 4th the former minister of foreign affairs and main competitor for the leader’s position in the party Dora Bakoyannis admitted that she is disappointed with the situation in the largest right party in Greece and she feels she is unwelcome in it. She explains the victory of her opponent Antonis Samaras on the internal party elections with his long term absence from the central political stage, which allowed him to present himself as a fighter against the vicious political system in Greece. At the same time she said it herself that she has to pay for the family relationships in the Greek political life as well as for all the mistakes of the government of Kostas Karamanlis. “Samaras managed to attribute to me all the negativities from the past and the positive things he kept for himself”, stated Dora Bakoyannis in an interview for the Sunday edition of the Vima newspaper.

The former minister Dora Bakoyannis does not hide her disappointment also from the former leader of New democracy and former Prime Minister of the country Kostas Karamanlis, who she admits was formally keeping neutrality during the internal political elections. At the same time she reminds that all his close associates were supporting Antonis Samaras and not her. “I will continue to fight for the ideas, values and goals of the party and for a better future”, said Bakoyannis. According to her Greece is placed such a low critical point of its development that there is no place for personal interests when facing the perspective of a national catastrophe.

The former minister of foreign affairs spoke also about her rejection of the offer to take the position of a person in charge of the education and religion of the background government of Samaras. “It is one thing to receive an offer for true cooperation, which I never received by Samaras and it is completely different thing to try to show the people a picture which is not real”, says Dora Bakoyannis. She spoke about her relations with the former director of Siemens Michalis Christoforakos who was involved in one of the greatest corruption scandals in Greece and she reminds that she was the only member of the cabinet of Karamanlis who supported the creation of a Parliament committee for Siemens.

Tags: Dora Bakoyannis New democracy Antonis Samaras Kostas Karamanlis Siemens politics
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