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Minister calls for extra tax on MPs

Politicians, MPs and high-ranking officials in the public sector who served in the post-1974 era should be asked to pay an extra tax to increase the feeling of fairness among taxpayers who have borne the brunt of the austerity measures, Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis said on Monday.

?Given the new tax legislation, the government has an obligation to the Greek people to move forward with something that will give a real feeling of catharsis,? said Ragousis, who was interior minister until the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

The minister said that anyone who held a top public post in the era following the military dictatorship ?should be subject to a real, effective and heavy one-off tax on the profits they made from assets or property.? Ragousis said that without such a measure, ?society will not calm down.?

Opinion polls have shown that Greeks feel politicians and others who profited from their connections with the public sector have not contributed their fair share during the crisis.