Former Deputy Finance Minister Filippos Sachinidis said the PASOK Socialists should vote at their next Congress whether to keep Evangelos Venizelos as its leader.
ATHENS – Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is shaking up his Cabinet shakeup, looking not just for a new Finance Minister, but a new tax chief, and trying to decide where to put a former minister, Dora Bakoyianni, whom he had beaten in the race for the party leadership.
The floundering Democratic Left (DIMAR) fell to 13 Members of Parliament on June 6 when one of its lawmakers, Vasilis Economou, quit the party.
Greece’s top tax official, Harry Theoharis, said his abrupt resignation was for “personal reasons” and said he wasn’t pushed out for mishandling the job, although government officials were unhappy he had “miscommunicated” a document forcing the government to deny it had put a retroactive tax on foreign bondholders.
The European Commission expressed “serious concern” after Greece’s public revenues chief — a position created in 2012 at the insistence of bailout creditors — resigned.
A beleaguered PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, presiding over his party’s near-demise, should step down immediately, one of his lawmakers, Thanos Moraitis said.
The sudden shutdown of the Greek Parliament on June 4 came just a day ahead of a reportedly critical report on the country’s finances, preventing any debate.
Frantic New Democracy officials are trying to figure out how to convince voters who abandoned the party in the European Parliament elections it lost to come back.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is trying to position his radicalists as a friend of industry and a stable prospect to rule Greece.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ top priority in a Cabinet shakeup is who will replace Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.