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Public service reform commissioner resigns

The Commissioner for Civil Service Reform Emmanuella Lambrianidou has resigned unexpectedly, long before fulfilling her mandate, it emerged on Friday.

Government spokesman Christos Stylianides confirmed on Friday that President Nicos Anastasiades accepted her resignation.

The president thanked her for her work  in developing a procedure to modernise and reform the public service.

Stylianides said the government will accelerate efforts to achieve the government’s main goal, “a modern, efficient, productive and public-friendly state,” within the specific timeframe set.

Lambrianidou was appointed by the president following his election last year to prepare an action plan to shake-up the public service, with the help of experts from the World Bank and the United Kingdom.

From the outset, however, she came under heavy attack from the powerful civil servants union PASYDY which refused to accept her authority, arguing that a civil servant could not be appointed to an executive position.

The reason for her resignation was not immediately clear.

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