Gov’t asks for se­cu­ri­ties watch­dog chief to re­sign

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Greece’s left­ist-led gov­ern­ment has asked for the res­ig­na­tion of the coun­try’s chief se­cu­ri­ties reg­u­la­tor, a gov­ern­ment source told Reuters yes­ter­day, the sec­ond dis­missal af­ter the re­moval of the head of the pub­lic rev­enues ser­vice. Costas Bo­topou­los served as head of the Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Com­mis­sion for four years. It was not im­me­di­ately clear what prompted the gov­ern­ment to seek his res­ig­na­tion. It was also not clear if Bo­topou­los would stay on board un­til the re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion of the coun­try’s big banks is com­pleted. Pub­lic rev­enues chief Ka­te­rina Sav­vaidou was re­moved from her post at the in­de­pen­dent pub­lic rev­enues of-

Cargo han­dling grows. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers pass­ing through Greek ports may have posted a de­cline in the first quar­ter of the year on an an­nual ba­sis, but cargo han­dling in­creased, Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Author­ity (ELSTAT) fig­ures showed yes­ter­day. Pas­sen­ger num­bers fell 2.9 per­cent but Greek ports han­dled 4.4 per­cent more cargo.

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