Tsipras Won’t be Sworn In by Archbishop, but will Give Political Oath



tsipras-ieronimos-708SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras visits Archbishop Ieronymos this afternoon to inform him that he will not be sworn in by him and will only be taking a political oath.

Tsipras will also inform Ieronymos that he will not be needed in the inauguration swearing-in ceremony of the new government at Maximos Mansion because the oath of cabinet members will be political and not religious.

After the meeting with the Archbishop, the new prime minister will visit President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias.

The inauguration of the new government will take place tomorrow without the Archbishop, but with the chief secretary of the Holy Synod — in the event that some of the new ministers would like to take a religious oath as well.

Archbishop Ieronymos will be at the inauguration swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament. However, again, Tsipras will not take a religious oath.

Reportedly, Tsipras contacted the Archbishop last night, shortly after the announcement of the election results. He called again today at 9 a.m. to request an appointment before visiting the president of the republic.