Greek government hit by fresh resignation as Giorgos Vernicos departs


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The Independent Online

A Greek cabinet member has resigned, the latest casualty for the crisis-hit country's new conservative-led government.

State television reported that Giorgos Vernicos, deputy minister for merchant marine, announced his resignation today.

He did not give a reason for his departure, but the opposition has recently accused him of a conflict of interest.

Yesterday, the designated finance minister resigned due to illness. New Prime Minister Antonis Samaras himself is recovering from a weekend eye operation.