Tsipras refuses to replace MPs ejected from House panel

The leader of the main opposition Alexis Tsipras said on Monday he will not replace the two SYRIZA lawmakers who were removed from a parliamentary panel probing alleged meddling by former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos in the Novartis investigation.
The committee voted to eject MPs Pavlos Polakis and Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, both former ministers, due to their status as witnesses in the investigation, which was deemed to be a potential conflict of interests.

"With my responsibility as leader of the main opposition to uphold the Parliament's rules and the Constitution, I am not allowed to consent to an unlawful decision by a majority of the committee and thereby be part of the denigration of the national delegation," Tsipras said in a letter to Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas.

"Nor would I participate in depriving representatives...

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