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Premier's Wife Is Topless in Greek Paper

September 24, 1995| Associated Press

ATHENS — As the sniping accelerates in Greece's political succession struggle, the prime minister's opponents have started backing up their potshots with snapshots.

For the past few days, an Athens daily has been plastering topless photos of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou's wife on its front page in an effort to drive him from office.

The Avriani newspaper says Papandreou, the 76-year-old head of the Socialist Party and dean of Greek politics, is being manipulated by his 40-year-old wife, Dimitra, and should resign.

It opposes Dimitra Papandreou's political ambitions and has used the revealing pictures of her in an attempt to embarrass the couple into withdrawing from politics.

Avriani, a onetime Papandreou booster, has doubled its street sales, but it is unlikely to achieve its political aim.

The couple married in 1989.

Dimitra Papandreou has been her husband's chief of staff since 1993, when he regained power after four years in opposition.

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