Greek Government Reshuffle Announced: Meet the New Ministers



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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had announced a government reshuffle for quite some time, however, speculation mounted on Friday with the long-awaited shake-up expected all day. The announcement was finally made at 10 p.m. on Friday by Olga Gerovasili.

The new government:

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Vice President Ioannis Dragasakis

Ministry of Interior Affairs
Minister: Panagiotis Skourletis
Deputy Citizens Protection Minister: Nikolaos Toskas
Deputy Macedonia-Thrace Minister: Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha

Ministry of Finance and Development:
Minister: Dimitris Papadimitriou
Deputy Minister: Alexandros Charitsis
Deputy Minister: Stelios Pirtsiolas

Digital Policy, Telecommunication and Information Ministry

Minister: Nikolaos Pappas

National Defence Ministry
Minister: Panos Kammenos
Deputy Minister: Dimitris Vitsas

Education, Research and Religious Affairs Ministry
Minister: Konstandinos Gavroglou
Deputy Research Minister: Konstandinos Fotakis                                                                                                               Deputy: Dimitris Baxevanakis
Deputy: Konstandinos Zouraris

Labor, Social Security and Social Solidarity Ministry                                              
Minister: Effy Achtsioglou
Alternative Minister for Unemployment Matters Ourania Andonopoulou
Alternative Minister for Social Solidarity: Theano Fotiou
Deputy Minister for Social Security: Anastasios Petropoulos

Foreign Ministry
Minister:Nikolaos Kotzias
Alternative Minister for European Affairs:Giorgos Katrougalos
Deputy Minister:Ioannis Amantidis
Deputy Minister for Greeks Living Alone: Terence Spencer Quick

Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Ministry

Minister: Stavros Kontonis
Deputy Minister:Dimitris Papangelopoulos

Finance Ministry
Minister:Euclid Tsakalotos
Deputy Minister: George Chouliarakis
Deputy Minister:Katerina Papanatsiou

Health Ministry                                                                                                             Minister: Andreas Xanthos
Deputy: Pavlos Polakis

Restructure and Administration Ministry
Minister: Olga Gerovasili

Culture and Sports Ministry

Minister:Lydia Koniordou
Deputy Sports Minister: George Vasileiadis

Environment and Energy Ministry

Minister: George Stathakis
Deputy Minister: Socrates Famelos

Infrastructure and Transport Ministry
Minister: Christos Sprintzis
Deputy Minister: Nikolaos Mavrogiannis

Migrant Policy Ministry
Minister: Ioannis Mouzalas
Deputy Minister: Ioannis Balafas

Shipping and Island Policy Ministry
Minister:Panagiotis Kouroumblis
Deputy Minister:Nektarios Santorinios

Agricultural Development and Food Ministry

Minister: Evangelos Apostolou
Alternate Minister: Ioannis Tsironis
Deputy Minister: Vasilios Kokkalis

Tourism Ministry
Minister: Elena Koundoura

State Ministers: Alexandros Flambouraris, Christoforos Vernardakis
Alternate Prime Minister:Dimitrios Liakos
Government Spokesperson:Dimitrios Tzanakopoulos

The change in the ruling SYRIZA party’s line-up took place in the hope that the program review can be accelerated for Greece. Energy Minister Panos Skourletis and Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas had both openly opposed privatizations. Athens hopes that with their replacement, a message will be sent to creditors regarding Greece’s interest in wrapping up the review. By no longer stalling on the selling of state assets as stipulated in the third bailout agreement signed by the ruling SYRIZA party, it is hoped that debt relief would come.

The government, lagging behind the main opposition conservative New Democracy party in opinion polls, hopes that a new injection would also come with a new lease of popularity at a time when morale in the country is low. ND spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos described it as “futile,” he said that the new faces in government posts would be interesting only for a few hours. Speaking to “Parapolitika” on Friday, he said that new elections are necessary, not a reshuffle.

The swearing-in ceremony is due tomorrow at 1 p.m.


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