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Greek army chief resigns cites ethics dignity


first_img Comments   Share   ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s army chief of staff unexpectedly resigned Wednesday, just hours before a top government meeting on military policy. A statement from the Army said Lt. Gen. Constantinos Ziazias resigned for “reasons that touch on ethics and dignity, both his own and of the army,” but did not elaborate further.Ziazias, 57, was appointed nine months ago, just before the previous Socialist government stepped down. Changes of government in Greece are routinely followed by new top military appointments, and the current three-party coalition took over last month. But it was not entirely clear why Ziazias quit as chief of staff. How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Opposition parties reacted to the resignation by accusing the conservative-led ruling coalition of trying to interfere in the appointments of army officers, a charge Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos denied.The resignation came just before Wednesday’s planned meeting of Greece’s council on foreign policy and defense, convened under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Panayiotopoulos said the council decided to replace Ziazias with Lt. Gen. Constantinos Ginis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more




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