Greek PM abandons plans to create Civil Protection ministry after wildfires

By Euronews with AFP

Greece's government has abandoned plans to create a new ministry to help tackle natural disasters after the appointed minister refused the role.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had unveiled a new Civil Protection portfolio on Tuesday weeks after raging wildfires devastated the country.

The newly-established ministry was to be helmed by Evangelos Apostolakis, a retired admiral who previously served as minister of defence.

But just two hours after his appointment, Apostolakis told Greek media he would not be accepting the position, adding that he was "not avoiding responsibility".<