Greece’s former finance minister should be prosecuted, lawmakers say

Gov. Cuomo dismisses criticism that he is taking advantage of campaign finance law loopholes

Information that the list had been misplaced, copied and altered so as to exclude certain names then started coming to light, causing a major uproar. The three charges against Papaconstantinou are breach of trust, doctoring an official document and dereliction of duty. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence. Papaconstantinou served as finance minister from October 2009 to June 2011, and was finance minister when Greece negotiated its first international bailout.

Former socialist Finance minister George Papaconstantinou at the Greek Parliament in Athens on January 17, 2013.

Harpers main economic line-up remains intact with the exception of James Moore , previously heritage minister, replacing Christian Paradis as industry minister. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty , Trade Minister Ed Fast and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver remain in their posts. Harpers government is facing its lowest popularity in four years, with his party surpassed by the Liberals in public opinion polls, as the Conservatives struggle with the fallout of an expenses scandal that has implicated the Prime Ministers former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and two of his senators. Tepid growth also threatens Harpers reputation as strong handler of the economy.

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Gov. Cuomo , in a reversal from his election-year rhetoric, dismissed criticism he is taking advantage of loopholes in campaign finance laws that since January helped him raise more than $6 million, and the Democratic campaign committee an additional $7 million most of which went to fund ad campaigns in support of his agenda. RELATED: BOTANIC GARDEN CAN BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY! Those arent loopholes, Cuomo insisted on public radio Tuesday.


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