On Monday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the resignation of deputy Labor Minister Rania Antonopoulou, after made known that she received rent subsidy, for almost two years, for the house she lived in at the capital. Although this is a lawful subsidy provided for extra-parliamentary government members, when they do not own a house in Athens, Mrs. Antonopoulou stated that she realized that any subsidy, even a lawful one, can make people angry in this period of crisis. She also stated that she realized that her financial situation, as presented in the asset and funds-source declaration, further fuelled people’s anger. She has already taken steps to return the money in question, she added.

A few hours later, Economy and Development Minister Dimitris Papadimitriou, husband of Mrs. Antonopoulou, also submitted his resignation for reasons of sensitivity to criticism. The Prime Minister’s Press Office announced that Prime Minister Tsipras accepted both resignations. It was also made known that, by decision of the Prime Minister, this provision is abolished.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou