Kountoura and Kokkalis expelled from ANEL parliamentary group

Independent Greeks (ANEL) party leader Panos Kammenos announced that Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Deputy Agricultural Development and Food Minister Vassilis Kokkalis had been expelled from ANEL’s parliamentary group, in successive tweets posted on Monday.

Accusing Kountoura, who had earlier declared her continued support for the government, of “trading her vote and the name ‘Macedonia’ for a ministerial chair,” Kammenos said he was ejecting her from ANEL’s parliamentary group, effective immediately.

Shortly afterward, again via Twitter, he said he was firing Kokkalis, who had earlier officially announced his decision to support the government with a vote of confidence, despite ANEL’s departure from the coalition, but not the Prespes Agreement.

“Vassilis Kokkalis, despite being in a negotiating stage for his vote on the national issue from China, the intention to trade the seat is enough in order to remove him from the Independent Greeks parliamentary group,” Kammenos tweeted.

Source ANA-MPA
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