July 27, 2018 / 2:57 PM / 5 months ago

Greek PM says assumes political responsibility for wildfires

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for the second day of a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. Tatyana Zenkovich/Pool via REUTERS

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday he took full political responsibility for a devastating wildfire which has killed at least 87 people and led to opposition accusations over the government’s failure to protect lives.

“I have called you here today first of all to take full political responsibility for this tragedy in front of my cabinet and the Greek people,” he told ministers.

The government will go ahead quickly with a national plan to tackle decades of building violations, he said, adding that there were indications that the cause of the fire was arson.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou; writing by Costas Pitas

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