Greece: slew of reforms target ultra-right Golden Dawn

PM looks to 'eradicate' the party curbing its financing

01 October, 11:18

    Golden Dawn members arrested on charges of formation of a criminal organisation Golden Dawn members arrested on charges of formation of a criminal organisation

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 1 - Greek government leaders on Monday heralded a slew of legislative reforms aimed at reining in ultra-right Golden Dawn following the arrest on criminal charges of the party's leader and another five lawmakers, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saying his coalition was focused on "eradicating" the party. Meanwhile, as daily Kathimerini reports, government officials were to submit legislation in Parliament which would suspend state funding to political parties whose leaders or MPs are charged with crimes. An anti-racism bill foreseeing stricter penalties for racially motivated crimes is to be submitted in the coming days. A discussion is also under way about whether and how to suspend the salaries and benefits of MPs who are awaiting trial on crime charges. The left-wing main opposition SYRIZA party expressed skepticism about the government's bid to prevent the possible resignation of Golden Dawn deputies from undermining political stability. (ANSAmed).

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