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Names In The News : Daughter Hurt by Papandreou Affair

From Times Wire Services

Premier Andreas Papandreou’s daughter said today her father’s live-in girlfriend has isolated him from his family.

Sofia Papandreou-Katsaneva, 34, told the left-wing daily Eleftherotypia that Dimitra Liani had ruined her relationship with her father. “I can’t believe that everything that’s happened has happened with his volition,” she said.

Papandreou, 70, has been living with the 34-year-old airline stewardess since he underwent open-heart surgery in September. He has asked for a divorce from his American wife of 38 years, Margaret, but they have yet to work out the details.

The Liani affair, his health and several financial scandals have hurt Papandreou’s standing among Greek voters, a new public opinion poll published Tuesday indicated. The poll showed Papandreou’s popularity had slipped to 14.4% as compared to 18% for the leader of the main conservative opposition New Democracy Party.

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