Premier Andreas Papandreou's top aide resigned from the Cabinet over his alleged involvement in a banking scandal, and a member of the governing party said the premier should follow suit.

Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas on Tuesday became the eighth Cabinet member to resign since the scandal surfaced in October."Having stood by you for 25 years in all democratic struggles . . . I resign from my position as minister to the prime minister expressing my sensitivity," the premier's aide said in a letter to Papandreou.

Papandreou's government defeated a motion of censure by a parliamentary vote of 155-123 Monday night. The motion was introduced by the opposition New Democracy party, which said members of Papandreou's Socialist government were deeply involved in the scandal.

Three legislators from Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement abstained in the voting, and the premier quickly expelled them from the party for not supporting the government.

Koutsogiorgas has repeatedly denied the claims by the conservative opposition that he was directly involved in the scandal, which centers around Greek banker George Koskotas.