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Greece: 4th minister resigns over austerity
Fourth Greek Cabinet member quits over EU demand for more austerity before signing bailout
By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) ' A fourth Greek Cabinet member has resigned to protest European Union demands for more austerity in exchange for a vital bailout.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou belongs to the majority Socialist party.

Earlier Friday, the right-wing LAOS party's transport minister and deputy ministers for merchant marine and agriculture also resigned. LAOS is a junior member in Prime Minister Lucas Papademos' government.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) ' Two more Cabinet members have resigned in Greece, bringing the total to three on Friday, to protest European Union demands for more austerity in exchange for a bailout.

The right-wing LAOS party's transport minister and the deputy minister of the merchant marine resigned Friday.

Hours earlier, the deputy minister of agriculture had quit and a junior party leader in the country's coalition government had said he would vote against the new austerity measures.

The moves add pressure on Prime Minister Lucas Papademos' government, which has vowed to push through the unpopular reforms to get the rescue loans and avoid bankruptcy.

Also Friday, violent clashes broke out in central Athens during a 48-hour general strike called by unions.


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