Independent Greeks spokesman resigns

Christos Zois, the spokesman of Independent Greeks, resigned from the embattled right-wing anti-austerity party on Tuesday following the ouster earlier in the day by party chief Panos Kammenos of MP Yiannis Manolis.

Manolis on Tuesday accused Kammenos of lying over a document in which he proposed joining a coalition government after elections in May only as long as he was made defense minister. He also called Kammenos a “coward” for allegedly walking out on the party’s 20 MPs during a meeting on Monday.

“If I had any reservations after [Monday’s] meeting of the parliamentary group and administrative committee [of Independent Greeks], this morning, after hearing an interview by the leader of Independent Greeks on radio, I gave up all hope,” said Zois in a statement explaining the reasons for his resignation and accusing Kammenos of creating “chaos.”

Independent Greeks was founded by Kammenos in February and won 7.5 percent of the vote in the June elections, which made it Greece’s fourth largest party.

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