Coalition's attempt to defend handling of fatal blaze fails to stem criticism

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Kammenos, Mitsotakis, New Democracy, SYRIZA, Tsipras

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.

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas were flanked by the heads of the police and fire service as they explained to journalists that there is evidence which points to the fires in Kinetta an...

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