Syriza members resign ahead of Greek bailout vote

Two ministers of Greece's Syriza government resign one after another a few hours before voting on third bailout package

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

While the Greek government sets to vote on a third bailout package agreed between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and eurozone finance ministers on Wednesday, Greek deputy finance minister Nadia Valavani and Finance ministry general secretary Manos Manousakis announced their resignation.

Deputy Finance Minister Nadia Valavani, in charge of taxation and overseeing privatisations, expressed the reasons for her resignation in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which later became public by the finance ministry.

A short while later the news came of a second resignation as finance ministry general secretary, Manos Manousakis, who stated that he is not willing to abide by such an agreement.

His letter wrote, "My resignation letter from the General Secretary of Ministry of Economy position: Mr Prime Minister, Mr Minister, by this letter I inform you that I resign from the position of General Secretary of the Ministry. The govermential policy as expressed in the bill entitled as 'Emergency arrangements for the negotiation and conclusion of agreements with the European Support Mechanism' constitutes my continuation at this position as impossible."

​Although the final result of the crucial vote has not been determined, the Syriza government looks likely to be faced with further challenges.

TRTWorld and agencies