Fa­ther of min­is­ter gets top trans­port sec­tor job

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis yes­ter­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of the econ­o­mist Stelios Pap­pas, the fa­ther of Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas, as the new pres­i­dent of the Thes­sa­loniki Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASTH). In a state­ment, Spirtzis said Pap­pas’s ap­point­ment was part of a broader at­tempt to boost the ef­fi­ciency of ur­ban trans­port in serv­ing Greek cit­i­zens, not­ing that he had been thought­fully cho­sen and call­ing him a “his­toric mem­ber” of the Left with “great ex­pe­ri­ence in eco­nom­ics.” How­ever, the news sparked a storm of protest on so­cial me­dia, with crit­ics de­scrib­ing the move as nepo­tism, not­ing that a large number of SYRIZA of­fi­cials have ap­pointed rel­a­tives to key state po­si­tions since the left­ist party came to power in 2015 on a pledge to fight graft and cor­rup­tion in the public sec­tor.

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