Gavroglou de­fends buy­out

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Costas Gavroglou ac­cused the op­po­si­tion of at­tempt­ing a “char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion” over his de­ci­sion not to do his mil­i­tary ser­vice. Gavroglou came un­der fire in re­cent days as a re­sult of the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to stop the process of schools as­sign­ing flag-bear­ing du­ties at pa­rades to stu­dents based on their aca­demic achieve­ments and to re­place this with a draw. Fol­low­ing a re­port that he did not serve in the mil­i­tary, Gavroglou, who was born in Is­tan­bul, ex­plained yes­ter­day that he took ad­van­tage of a law in the 1970s al­low­ing Greeks abroad to buy out their mil­i­tary ser­vice. “Let those who want to judge my per­sonal de­ci­sion to buy out my ser­vice dur­ing the time of the junta do so,” he said. New Democ­racy re­sponded by say­ing that Gavroglou’s com­ments “con­firm how elas­tic his con­science is.”

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