Reshuffle on the cards after Democratic Left quits government

Reshuffle on the cards after Democratic Left quits government

 

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was said to be planning a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in the coming days following the withdrawal from the coalition on Friday of junior partner Democratic Left (DIMAR) which vehemently opposed Samaras’s decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT last week.

DIMAR leader Fotis Kouvelis withdrew his two ministers – Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis and Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis – from the government following the breakdown of a third round of coalition talks aimed at mending the impasse over ERT. After a stormy session of his parliamentary group, Kouvelis indicated that his party would not oppose the government’s reform drive and would support legislation deemed to be in line with it. “DIMAR will be active, but it will also oppose arbitrary acts, despotism and policies that promote party choices and do not contribute toward the recovery of the country, society and democratic institutions,” he said.