New Ministers Swear Oath Without Greek Church

New Greek government ministers appointed following a mini cabinet reshuffle were sworn in at the presidential mansion in Athens on Thursday.

They took a civilian oath of office in the presence of President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Analysts say it is the first time in modern Greek history that representatives of the Church were not present at a swearing-in ceremony.

Yiannis Dragasakis, who remains vice president of the government, was sworn in as economy and development minister.

Dimitris Vitsas, who takes over at the migration policy ministry, was replaced by Fotis Kouvelis as alternate defense minister.

Nassos Iliopoulos was sworn in as deputy labour, social insurance and social solidarity minister and Constantinos Stratis was sworn in deputy culture and sports minister.

SYRIZA MP Meropi Tzoufi was sworn in deputy education and religion minister.


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