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Minister for a day

24 September 2015 / 11:09:43  GRReporter
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Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Dimitris Kammenos, about whom GRRerporter reported yesterday, was forced to resign because of his aggressive anti-Semitic and homophobic comments on the social network Twitter.

Therefore, he occupied the ministerial chair for 12 hours, which is not only a Greek, but also a global precedent. The Greek media emphasize that according to reliable sources, Alexis Tsipras knew very well the content of Dimitris Kammenos’ comments but his coalition partner Panos Kammenos however set his appointment as minister as a “non-negotiable” condition. The initial refusal of Tsipras to accept even took SYRIZA and Independent Greeks on the verge of a rift, reads Kathimerini.

It is worth noting that Dimitris Kammenos resigned late last night after SYRIZA MP Vasiliki Katrivanou’s public call to the cabinet to remove him from office.

A little later, she and her colleague Maria Bolari, in their capacity as representatives of the Department of Rights in SYRIZA, opposed the appointment of another deputy minister, namely Markos Bolaris. He was Deputy Minister of Health in the government of PASOK and George Papandreou in 2012, when the authorities apprehended in the centre of Athens drug addicted women, carriers of the AIDS virus, who were accused of prostitution.

Both MPs said that the appointment of Kammenos and Bolaris "directly violates the rights and values, our political principles and priorities. People with similar attitudes and beliefs have no place in any democratic government, especially in a government of the Left."


Tags: PoliticsResignationMinisteranti-SemiteGovernment of Alexis Tsipras
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