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Greece's first public revenues chief steps down

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Greece's first public revenues chief, whose job was created in 2012 at the insistence of bailout creditors, has stepped down citing "personal grounds," the country's finance ministry says.

   A ministry statement Thursday said Harry Theoharis' resignation has been accepted. The software engineer resigned from the position a year and a half into his five-year term.

   The resignation comes before a planned Cabinet reshuffle, expected within the next few days, following the conservative-led coalition government's weak showing in European parliamentary elections last month.

   Establishing a secretary-general for public revenues in the finance ministry was one of the conditions set by Greece's creditors to continue releasing rescue loans. The position was intended to boost independent decision-making and address the country's poor record of inefficiency and political interference in tax administration.
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