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    Greece's Gordian Knot: Syriza Tackles Austerity (404)
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    Several senior officials, including Alternate Minister of Finance Nadia Valavani and Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs and Tourism of Greece Manos Manousakis have already handed in their resignation citing disagreements with the government’s policy on the bailout deal with creditors.

    THENS (Sputnik) — Greek Deputy Defense Minister Kostas Isihos said Thursday he was ready to resign should Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras instist on it following Wednesday's vote on a new package of bailout measures, negotiated with Eurozone leaders.

    On Wednesday night, the Greek parliament voted in support of a new set of austerity measures, opening the way for the resumption of international financial aid for the debt-ridden country.

    Nearly 40 members of the ruling left-wing Syriza party, including Greece’s Deputy Defense Minister Kostas Isihos, former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis voted against the austerity measures prompting speculations of possible government reshuffles.

    "The Syriza party has consciousness and experience, but there are differences at a critical time for the country, for the people. In this sense, I declare that I am at the disposal of Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras] regarding my position in the government. But of course I fully support this government," Isihos told the Greek television channel ANT1 in an interview.

    On Monday, Eurozone leaders reached an agreement on a $95-billion aid program for Greece. The agreement stipulates strict austerity measures for Greece in exchange for cash.

    Greece's Gordian Knot: Syriza Tackles Austerity (404)


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