Convicted governor backed by party leader

New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Friday expressed the party?s full support for Central Macedonia Governor Panayiotis Psomiadis, who last week failed in an attempt to have a suspended prison sentence overturned.

Samaras met with Psomiadis briefly at Thessaloniki?s Macedonia Airport and in a statement to the media referred to the governor as ?a friend? while mentioning ?the love that all New Democracy has for him.? Psomiadis has been convicted of drastically reducing the fine for a gas station owner who adulterated fuel. The governor in turn expressed his thanks to Samaras and referred to him as ?the dominant force on the center right.?

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