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[Eurasia] Fwd: GREECE - Greece reshuffles military chief amid crisis

Released on 2012-03-07 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 1026631
Date 2011-11-01 23:15:10
Greece reshuffles military chief amid crisis

November 2, 2011 - 7:42AM

Greece on Tuesday reshuffled its military chiefs amid a political crisis
that could see a government downfall following a controversial decision to
put an EU debt rescue deal to a referendum.

A state security council under Prime Minister George Papandreou replaced
the heads of the general staff, the army, navy and airforce, and
discharged a dozen army and navy officers, the defence ministry said in a

A defence ministry source told AFP that the reshuffle was previously
scheduled and not linked to political developments.

But opposition parties attacked the government over the move.

"You're finished, hands off the armed forces," said conservative New
Democracy shadow defence minister Margaritis Tzimas.

"There is no government in the country, one by one its lawmakers are
jumping ship," Tzimas said, calling the reshuffle "undemocratic".

The other parties also questioned the government's motives.

"This heightens the climate of uncertainty and concern among public
opinion," said the Democratic Left party.

Papandreou's shock announcement for a referendum early next year and a
confidence vote on Friday sparked calls for early elections and a
defection, leaving the government with just 152 deputies in the 300-seat

The hard-fought deal agreed last Thursday after marathon talks in Brussels
included an agreement to write off 100 billion euros ($A132.06 billion)
($137 billion) of debt owed by Greece.

With leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies getting ready for a
summit in Cannes focused on the economic crisis, Papandreou's unexpected
move triggered fears that the EU's rescue efforts could rapidly unravel.


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