New Greek govt hit by yet another resignation
Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros - The Associated Press
Giorgos Vernicos, deputy minister for Greece's merchant marine ministry, announced his resignation Tuesday and it was accepted by the government. He is the second cabinet member to resign in two days.
Perhaps, but not Tuesday. The coalition government suffered another setback as a second Cabinet member quit in two days over what critics called a conflict of interest. The departure of Giorgos Venicos was hardly earthshattering — he was the deputy at the merchant marine ministry — but it was the latest in a litany of missteps and bad luck that have halted the government's ability to regain control of Greece's austerity program.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' new conservative-led government was sworn in last week, ending months of political deadlock. But in the last week alone it has suffered a string of casualties.
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