Greek de­fence min­is­ter quits over name of Mace­do­nia

The Asian Age - - World -

Athens, Jan. 13: Greece’s con­ser­va­tive de­fense min­is­ter, who leads the ju­nior part­ner in the coun­try’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment, re­signed Sun­day over the Mace­do­nia name deal, which he op­poses.

Panos Kam­menos an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion after meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras on Sun­day morn­ing. He said that his party is quit­ting the gov­ern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras said, in re­sponse, that he will ask for a vote of con­fi­dence in Par­lia­ment in the com­ing week. He added he had a “frank dis­cus­sion” with Kam­menos, whom he thanked for his gov­ern­ment part­ner­ship.

Mr Tsipras also an­nounced that Ad­mi­ral Evan­ge­los Apos­to­lakis, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will re­place Kam­menos as de­fense min­is­ter.

Greece and Mace­do­nia agreed last June to a deal that would change the name of Greece’s north­ern neigh­bour to North Mace­do­nia. In ex­change, Greece would lift its ob­jec­tions to the coun­try join­ing Nato.

M a c e d o n i a Par­lia­ment rat­i­fied deal on Fri­day. ’ s the


A left­ist demon­stra­tor holds a plac­ard fea­tur­ing a por­trait of Com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion­ary Rosa Lux­em­burg dur­ing a march to the Mon­u­ment for the So­cial­ists at Ber­lin’s Friedrichs­felde Cen­tral Ceme­tery where Lux­em­burg is buried, on Sun­day. Thou­sands from across the world gath­ered in Ber­lin to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the mur­der of revo­lu­tion­ar­ies Rosa Lux­em­burg and Karl Liebknecht.

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