Greek Cyprus presidental aide quits over nepotism row

One of the closest aides to Greek Cyprus President Christofias quit after over nepotism charges, the government said.

Greek Cyprus presidental aide quits over nepotism row


One of the closest aides to Greek Cyprus President Demetris Christofias quit on Tuesday after it emerged that a member of his staff had improperly attempted to intervene in army appointments, the government said.

Christofias accepted the resignation of Vassos Georgiou, who had been director of his office. It was the second nepotism-related embarrassment to the centre-left government in two months.

A member of his staff had made requests over army appointments without Georgiou's knowledge, Greek government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said, adding that the requests were not satisfied.

"Regardless of the fact that the staffer acted on her own initiative without informing her political superior.... Vassos Georgiou submitted his resignation to the president," he said.

A television station had broadcast a report that Georgiou's office had attempted to intervene in army appointments and transfers. Army service for 18 year old men is compulsory in Greek Cyprus and authorities are normally loath to show flexibility to the rule but claims of nepotism are frequent in the service. Like all previous administrations, Christofias, elected in 2008, has vowed to root out nepotism.

In June, the main party in Greek government was embarrassed by an email mistakenly sent to journalists which contained a list of supporters' demands, from seeking a top post in customs to complaining about a job lost as a cleaner at the US embassy.

Reuters

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