Alexis Tsipras’s government received a much-needed boost ahead of the August 15 national holiday in Greece as Turkey announced the release of the two Greek soldiers it had been holding since March.
Greek politics has entered what is meant to be a rare quiet period this week but speculation about an upcoming cabinet reshuffle continues.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented on Thursday the government’s plans for the overhaul of the civil protection authority, seen as one of the major weak points in the response to the Mati fire, which has now claimed 93 lives.
As the investigation into the Mati fire proceeds and more reports of the apparent mishandling of the crisis by authorities emerge, the government is hoping that its focus on tackling the aftermath of the disaster will spare it having to take on the full political cost.
Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas was the first political casualty of the recent deadly wildfire in Mati, for which the death toll has risen to 90.
There is speculation that political fallout from the wildfire in Mati, where the death toll is approaching 100, may affect Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s strategy for the last stretch of the current administration’s time in office.
The government attempted on Wednesday to snatch back the initiative in the political battle over the July 23 fire, which caused almost 100 deaths so far.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is trying to keep up the pressure on the government following last week’s deadly fires on the outskirts of Athens.
Almost a week on from the wildfire northeast of Athens that caused the deaths of more than 90 people, the government is facing a major political battle due to the horrifying nature of the disaster, questions about how authorities handled the blaze, criticism from opposition parties and a breakdown of the coalition’s crisis management strategy.
The government held a late-night news conference on Thursday in an attempt to respond to growing criticism about the way authorities dealt with the fire northeast of Athens that led to more than 80 deaths and amid growing calls for officials to resign.