Manolis Kefaloyiannis, General Secretary of conservative Nea Dimocratia is under political pressure after he downvoted the lifting of parliamentary immunity of Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris. “I do not reign, elected politicians do not resign. If they want,, they can expel me,” Kefaloyiannis told reporters on Thursday, a day after the voting.
A day earlier, Kefaloyiannis justified his decision to downvote the lifting of immunity, saying he wanted to give Kasidiaris a ‘second chance to apologize.”
“As Kasidiaris not apologize, I would vote in favor of lifting his immunity, should the vote take place today,” Kefaloyiannis said.
Together with Kefaloyiannis, two more MPs from PM Samaras’ party voted against the lifting of Kasidiaris’ immunity. The three gave the only votes against.
On Wednesday, with 205 votes in favor, 3 against and one white, members of the Greek Parliament lifted the parliamentary immunity of Ilias Kasidiaris, Golden Dawn MP and spokesman of the extreme-right party. On 7. June 2012, during a live TV show, Ilias Kasidiaris punched Liana Kanelli, MP from Greek Communist Party (KKE) after he had thrown a glass of water at Rena Dourou, MP from SYRIZA.