The newly-appointed government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi stressed that “the IMF has its own special way of expressing itself, it lives in its own financial world” in response to its latest report on the progress of the Greek program.
Mrs. Voultepsi, who appeared on ANT1, argued that while the IMF composes its report objectively, that does not mean that “we will do whatever the IMF tells us”. The spokeswoman added that the IMF has no authority to intervene in relation to judicial decision, arguing that the IMF’s concern over judicial decisions in relation to wages and taxes are unfounded.
The government spokeswoman added that the coalition government was aware of the IMF report since the 30th of May and that it was published after Greece received the latest loan installment
Mrs. Voultepsi also appeared on SKAI, where she dismissed accusations that the government is comprised of populists and reformers (“the government is united”) and claimed that it was “a national duty and interest for the current Parliamentary Assembly to elect a President”, in reference to the possibility of general elections.
Regarding a number of disparaging comments she made about the newly-appointed Minister of Finances Gikas Hardouvelis in the past, Mrs. Voultepsi responded that she has always had her own opinion and that she was at odds with government policy at the time. She added that her electronic newspaper has published articles of Mr. Hardouvelis.