Deputy Education Minister quits for ‘personal reasons'

Deputy Education Minister Costas Koukodimos resigned from his post on Monday citing personal reasons while reports indicated that his struggling businesses in Pieria, northern Greece, were the actual reason for his departure.

In a letter to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Koukodimos said his reasons for quitting were “purely personal.” He said he would continue to back the government and Samaras’s “huge effort to regenerate the country.”

As Koukodimos is not giving up his seat as a New Democracy MP, the coalition’s representation in the House will not be affected.

Education Minister Andreas Loverdos said the resignation was “unexpected” though he admitted he had been aware that Koukodimos had “personal issues.”

Loverdos described the departure as a “great loss,” particularly for school sports, in which the two men had “an excellent cooperation.”