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Greek MP uninvited from addressing Paphos celebrations

Greek MP Tasos Nerantzis

By Staff Reporter

Paphos municipality reportedly revoked an invitation extended to Greek MP and former Communications minister in the Greek government Tasos Nerantzis to guest speak at the town’s ‘Ochi’ celebrations on Tuesday after he asked for a six days accommodation for himself and an associate.

Acting Paphos mayor Makis Roussis, told local daily Politis that the New Democracy MP had originally been invited to speak at the municipality’s March 25 celebration, which was cancelled due to the death of defence minister Tasos Mitsopoulos.

Sometime over the summer, in the process of organising the October 28 event, mayor Savvas Vergas tabled a proposal to re-invite 68-year-old Nerantzis, which the Greek politician accepted.

Thus, Nerantzis was listed in the Paphos municipality’s event schedule as guest speaker.

As Vergas has been suspended until November 10, Roussis had a municipal official contact Nerantzis to finalise the logistics, only to be faced with his demands for nearly a week’s accommodation, complete with air-travel and meals.

The acting mayor promptly cancelled the invitation and turned to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who was recruited to fill the empty slot.

Nerantzis is one of New Democracy’s – currently the ruling party – longest-serving MPs, having become something of a staple of the House since 1989.

He recently found himself in the limelight during parliamentary discussion of a civil partnership bill officially recognising the right of gay couples to marriage, when he likened passing the bill to legalising bestiality and paedophilia.

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