Coalition blames specific ministers for recent slip-ups

Coalition blames specific ministers for recent slip-ups

 

There was an attempt on Friday by the government to single out particular ministers for the recent lapses in communication within the three-party administration with the aim of protecting the coalition in general and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in particular from criticism.

Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou laid the blame for two embarrassing climb-downs this week at the feet of the ministers involved. On Thursday, the coalition was forced to withdraw within minutes an amendment that would have prevented public sector contract workers from receiving state salaries while they appealed decisions to terminate their employment. Kedikoglou said the volte-face was caused by Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis failing to communicate with Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis.