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Greek Parliament chief throws out key central bank report, dresses down governor

A Greek and a European Union flags flutter in front of statues of goddess Athena, left, and Nautilia, in front of Benaki museum in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Athens must pay 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) off its debts at the end of the month to avoid a possible default and secure its cherished place among the 19 countries using the single currency.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

A Greek and a European Union flags flutter in front of statues of goddess Athena, left, and Nautilia, in front of Benaki museum in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Athens must pay 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) off its debts at the end of the month to avoid a possible default and secure its cherished place among the 19 countries using the single currency.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's radical left top lawmaker has publicly dressed down the country's central bank governor, poured scorn on a key bank report and accused him of "undemocratically" trying to subvert Parliament.

Parliament Speaker Zoi Konstantopoulou on Wednesday received the Bank of Greece's annual monetary policy report, which bank governor Yiannis Stournaras customarily delivers to the house's elected head.

She then said she was "returning this document as unacceptable," taking issue with Stournaras' warning that if Greece can't soon strike a deal with its bailout creditors it faces default and a possible exit from the eurozone.

Main opposition party New Democracy described Konstantopoulou's comments as "ravings" that shame Parliament.

Konstantopoulou has caused controversy before. Among other things, she has banned police guards from using Parliament's toilets.