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31 March, 2015

Greek government to propose committee to examine Greece's bailouts

The Syriza-led government announced it will submit on Tuesday evening a proposal for a parliamentary committee to examine the handling of the Greek debt crisis by previous administrations.”

The proposal, announced by the parliamentary group secretary Christos Mandas, foresees a committee of experts that will be tasked with assessing whether previous governments upheld the interests of the Greek people by signing two agreements with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund pledging austerity measures in exchange for bailout funding.”

It was unclear, however, what the purpose of the proposal will be, as the party said the investigation will not name specific politicians as responsible for the bailout programmes, but their involvement will be 'insinuated', based on the period covered. Syriza said the proposal will 'seek to find political accountability'. The so-called 'memorandum committee' was one of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's pre-election pledges before his leftist party swept into power in late January.”

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