Head of cul­ture cen­ter quits a month into job

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Less than a month af­ter the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion Cul­tural Cen­ter was handed over to the Greek state, the chair­man of its board, vet­eran ac­tor Gior­gos Ki­moulis, has ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion. In a let­ter made public yes­ter­day, Ki­moulis sug­gested that the board of Greece’s big­gest new cul­tural cen­ter – lo­cated on Athens’s south­ern coast – was be­ing ma­nip­u­lated for po­lit­i­cal ends. He re­ferred in par­tic­u­lar to the ap­point­ment of CEO Nikos Manolopou­los from the Fi­nance Min­istry, ac­cus­ing the of­fi­cial – pre­vi­ously head of the bank­rupt Athens Con­cert Hall – of “ef­fec­tively sub­sti­tut­ing the en­tire board of di­rec­tors by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the frag­ile in­ter­nal bal­ances in the gov­ern­ing party, which I refuse to be a part of.” In his let­ter to the board, Ki­moulis also stressed that he “will not con­sent to pro­cesses that may in the fu­ture be con­strued as hav­ing not been above board.”

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