Greek defence minister quits over name of Macedonia
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.