Greek PM Shakes Up Cabinet After Allowance Scandal



Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos reveals cabinet changes

A mini cabinet reshuffle has taken place in Greece on Wednesday following a scandal over a housing allowance which saw the resignation of two ministers this week.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appointed current Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis as Greece’s new Economy and Development Minister. Dragasakis will retain his Deputy PM portfolio.

He replaces Dimitris Papadimitriou who quit on Monday night after his wife Rania Antonopoulou left her seat as Deputy Minister for Social Solidarity only hours earlier.

Both resignations came amid a public outcry after it was made known that Antonopoulou was receiving a rent allowance of €1,000 ($1,220) per month.

Both Antonopoulou and Papadimitriou have declared savings of millions of euros and possession of high-value real estate properties in New York, Athens and Syros.

A number of other changes were made at deputy ministerial level with the position of Deputy Minister of National Defense going to Fotis Kouvelis. Kouvelis’ predecessor Dimitris Vitsas replaces Migrant Policy Minister Ioannis Mouzalas.

The new Deputy Minister of Research and Religious Education is SYRIZA lawmaker Meropi Tzoufi and the Deputy Labor Minister of Labor is Athanasios Iliopoulos, replacing the scandal-hit Antonopoulou.