MPs call for Pavlidis to go

Two more New Democracy MPs added their voices to those of other members of the conservative party who believe that fellow deputy and former Aegean Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis should step down until he is no longer the subject of a blackmail investigation. There was no support for Pavlidis, a deputy for the Dodecanese, from Anastassios Karamarios, an MP from the same region. «Even if my name was mentioned or there were insinuations that caused problems for my party, I would have resigned,» he said yesterday. Deputy Yiannis Manolis also expressed his disagreement with Pavlidis’s insistence that he will not stop representing his party. «A politician should resign until his innocence is proved. It is not possible or logical for an entire party to be called to answer,» he said. Several other high-ranking ND officials have suggested that Pavlidis should remove himself from the limelight until the probe, into claims that he demanded payments from a shipowner so the latter would qualify for state subsidies, has been completed.