Gov’t de­fends Pap­pas ap­point­ment

Tsipras’s of­fices re­buffs ac­cu­sa­tions of graft and nepo­tism from op­po­si­tion

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The gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day de­fended its de­ci­sion to ap­point the fa­ther of a prom­i­nent min­is­ter and close friend of Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras to the helm of a state trans­port or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­buff­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

In a state­ment, Tsipras’s of­fice ac­cused the main con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy of at- tack­ing Ste­lios Pap­pas, fa­ther of Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas, “in an un­eth­i­cal and slan­der­ous way,” declar­ing that the for­mer’s po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and ca­reer was “light years away from that of the ap­pa­ratchiks that its gov­ern­ments were ac­cus­tomed to ap­point­ing.”

Echo­ing Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment of Pap­pas’s ap­point- ment to the helm of the Thes­sa­loniki Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASTH) by Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis, Tsipras’s of­fice said Pap­pas would spear­head an at­tempt to purge the or­ga­ni­za­tion which it ac­cused ND and PASOK of mis­man­ag­ing dur­ing their stints in power.

Ear­lier in the day, ND had is­sued a sar­cas­tic re­sponse to news of the ap­point­ment. “We are sure that, of the hun­dreds of CVs sub­mit­ted for the job of pres­i­dent of OASTH, Mr Pap­pas’s was the best,” the state­ment said.

Pap­pas’s ap­point­ment sparked a storm of protest on so­cial me­dia, with crit­ics ac­cus­ing left­ist SYRIZA, which came to power on a pledge to fight graft and cor­rup­tion in the pub­lic sec­tor, of hypocrisy.

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