Greek agricultural minister sacked for laughing about natural disasters

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A government statement said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke to the minister, Spilios Livanos, to demand an explanation over his reaction to the “unacceptable reference.”

The statement said Livanos “admitted that he should have reacted differently” and offered his resignation, which was accepted.

Giorgos Georgantas will be the new Rural Development and Food minister, following the resignation of Spilios Livanos on Monday.

Livanos appeared in the video to laugh and say it would be hard to match that “epic achievement.” During his visit to Sparta, he had announced compensation payments to farmers who suffered crop damage from frost.

The governing party also expelled the mayor, Petros Doukas, from its ranks, saying his remarks “as well as being historically inaccurate, have nothing to do with New Democracy’s principles and values.”

Deputy Digital Governance Minister Giorgos Georgantas will be the new Rural Development and Food minister, following the resignation of Spilios Livanos.

Georgantas (54), a New Democracy MP from Kilkis, will be sworn in at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday (local time) in the presence of President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Source: ABC, Kathimerini

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