Greek minister’s resignation triggers mini reshuffle

Greece’s Economy and Development Minister Dimitri Papadimitriou resigned, a day after his wife, a deputy labour minister, also quit in a row over a housing allo

Greek minister’s resignation triggers mini reshuffle

Greece’s Economy and Development Minister Dimitri Papadimitriou resigned, a day after his wife, a deputy labour minister, also quit in a row over a housing allo

27 February 2018 Tuesday 16:39
Greek minister’s resignation triggers mini reshuffle

The resignation of three ministers Greece has triggered a mini-reshuffle, Reuters has reported.

Greece’s Economy and Development Minister Dimitri Papadimitriou resigned, a day after his wife, a deputy labour minister, also quit in a row over a housing allowance.

With three posts, that of a minister and two junior ministers now vacant, the move is likely to prompt a mini cabinet reshuffle.

Papadimitriou, whose remit involved promoting Greece abroad for investment projects submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday night “for political sensitivity reasons,” an economy ministry official told Newsmen.

Tsipras accepted the resignation and thanked Papadimitriou for his services, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said.

His wife Rania Antonopoulou also resigned yesterday after revealing she had drawn a housing allowance despite extensive personal wealth.

Although there was nothing annoying about claiming the benefit, it touched a nerve in a country that has suffered the effects of a debilitating financial crisis and where a third of the residents lives in poverty.

Papadimitriou and Antonopoulou shared the apartment in an upscale neighborhood of Athens on which she claimed the rent allowance, from which she has offered to return some 23,000 euros.

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