Cypriot President-elect Nicos Anastasiades, who will be sworn in on Feb. 28 and take power the next day, has already appointed his administration as he gets ready to try to grapple with a crushing economic crisis and negotiate a bailout deal with international lenders.
The Conservative party leader and a lawyer, Anastasiades, 66, is replacing discredited Communist Demetris Christofias, who did not run for re-election after he failed on his pledge to reunify the island with Turkish Cypriots occupying the northern third of the island and presided over a collapsing economy.
He didn’t appoint any women. The lineup:
Foreign Minister: Ioannis Kasoulides (DISY)
Born Aug. 10, 1948, Kasoulides served as Foreign Minister in the Clerides government from 1997 until 2003. He was most recently an MEP
Finance Minister: Michalis Sarris
Born April 14, 1946, Sarris served as Finance Minister under late President Tassos Papadopoulos from 2005 until 2008. He also served as a member of the board of the Popular Bank.
Interior Minister: Socratis Hasikos (DISY)
Born in Nicosia April 12, 1956 he served as Defence Minister from 1999 until 2003 in the Glafcos Clerides administration. Hasikos took the post from EDEK’s Yiannakis Omirou in 1998 after the S-300 missiles scandal.
Defence Minister: Fotis Fotiou (DIKO)
Born in 1960 in Larnaca, he served as Agriculture Minister during the Papadopoulos administration between 2006 and 2008. He was serving as DIKO spokesman before his appointment.
Education Minister: Kyriacos Kenevezos (DIKO)
Born in Limassol in 1972, Kenevezos is the General Secretary of DIKO. He currently runs his own lawyer’s office in Limassol.
Communications Minister: Tasos Mitsopoulos (DISY)
Born May 30, 1965, was serving as DISY party spokesman until his appointment to the cabinet. He served as a special advisor to the Greek Minister of Foreign affairs between 1989 and 1993.
Commerce Minister: Giorgos Lakkotrypis (DIKO)
Born May 30, 1970 Lakkotrypis was a public sector director and worked at Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe.
Agriculture Minister: Nicos Kouyialis (EVROKO)
Born in 1967 in Deftera, He worked as an electrical engineer for the EAC.
Labour Minister: Haris Georgiades (DISY)
Born in Nicosia on April 9, 1972 was a DISY party representative and was an MP for DISY in Nicosia, since May 2011.
Justice Minister: Ionas Nicolaou (DISY)
Born on January 21, 1963, Nicolaou has been vice-head of DISY and an MP since 2001.
Health Minister: Petros Petrides (DIKO)
Served as medical director of Nicosia General Hospital prior to his appointment.
Government Spokesman: Christos Stylianides (DISY)
Born in Nicosia June 26, 1958, he has been an MP for DISY since 2006 and served as government spokesman during the Clerides presidency from 1998 until 1999.
ALSO APPOINTED: Undersecretary to the President: Constantinos Petrides
Presidential Commissioner: Katy Clerides
Environment Commissioner: Ioanna Panayiotou
Commissioner for Civil Service Reform: Emanuella Moushioutta Lambrianidou
Director of the President’s Office: Panayiotis Antoniou