Leftist minister rejects opposition calls to step down

Leftist minister rejects opposition calls to step down

Education Minister Nikos Filis has reacted to calls from the country’s conservative opposition to step down over controversial comments on a planned anti-government protest on June 15.

Earlier this week, Filis suggested that the planned rally – which has been organized through social media under the hashtag #paraititheite (Greek for "resign"), and which is not officially supported by any of the opposition parties – was just within limits of what is constitutionally permissible.

In a statement Thursday, New Democracy said the leftist minister’s remarks were “anti-democratic” and called on him to resign.

Filis hit back at the allegations later Thursday, accusing New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of backing a “far-right-oriented” protest movement.

“Neither the government, nor me personally intend to hand out such gift to Mr Mitsotakis,” Filis said.

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