New Democracy Party Reshuffles “Shadow Cabinet”

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Monday announced a new and radically different “shadow cabinet” for his party.  He said it would make it an even more effective opposition to a “tottering government without vision, solutions or prospects”.
According to sources, up-to-now director of Eleftheros Typos newspaper Yiannis Mihelakis will be appointed party spokesman, while current spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos will be named shadow foreign minister.  MP Costas Gioulekas will take over as alternate shadow foreign minister, and Margaritis Tzimas will assume the post of shadow defence minister.
Sources said Samaras is attempting to maintain the internal party balances in the new shadow cabinet, appointing MPs who are rumored to have been in talks with former ND MP and foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis and founder/leader of the new Democratic Alliance party, as well as cadres who had served as ministers under the former ND government of Costas Karamanlis who had not been given authorities in the shadow government.
(source: ana-mpa)



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