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Greek Politicians Fight for a Better Office in Parliament Building

parliamentAfter the war between parties during the campaign, a new war has started among Greek politicians over who will get a better office in the parliament building.
The balance of the parliamentary forces has changed, so the allocation of office space for each parliament member will have to change too. Besides the 300 MPs, former prime ministers and presidents of the parliament are also entitled to have an office in parliament.
Antonis Samaras asks to have two offices in the House, one as former prime minister and one as president of the New Democracy party.
Evangelos Venizelos, who was vice president, had an office near that of former prime minister Antonis Samaras. Now he will occupy the office of the General Director of the House on the ground floor, located very close to the Chamber and parliamentary correspondents.
George Papandreou is not out of the parliament building, despite the fact that he was not elected. As former prime minister, Papandreou is entitled to an office. Although his office as prime minister was not in the parliament building, now he has asked to have one in the building. He will take the one previously occupied by former parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis who will move to another building.
According to reports, Kaklamanis agreed to the move because the particular office belonged to George Papandreou’s grandfather, Georgios Papandreou, a much revered person in Greek politics. This office is considered prime location, as it is on the ground floor, spacious, very close to the entrance of the House and next to the hall of parliamentary draftsmen. It also has its own history, as it was the parliamentary headquarters of Georgios Papandreou, former PASOK minister Yiannis Alevras and the also revered Andreas Papandreou, father of George and PASOK founder.
Former parliament president Vyron Polydoras agreed to move to another building since the new office offered to him is much more spacious. The office space will probably be taken by Independent Greeks president and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos.
Finally, former prime ministers Constantinos Mitsotakis and Costas Simitis, seem to be refusing to leave their offices in parliament so far.

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