Greece’s Tsipras Announces Limited Cabinet Reshuffle

Greece’s premier Alexis Tsipras announced a reshuffle of his government in an effort to reverse the tide as his SYRIZA party lags well behind conservative New Democracy in opinion polls.

The reshuffle included 13 new faces, but there were no major changes in the ministries of Finance, Defense, Health, Education and Foreign Affairs.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, who steered the country’s exit from its third bailout, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos were kept on board.

Among the new faces there were two women, Mariliza Xenogianakapoulou and Myrsini Zorba who are to lead the ministries of Administrative Reform and Culture respectively.

On Monday Tsipras sought to revamp the ruling leftist party appointing influential Interior Minister Panos Skourletis as SYRIZA’s new central committee general secretary.

He is replaced by Alexandros Haritsis.

The new government is officially as follows. An asterisk denotes change at the top ministerial position.

Prime Minister:
Alexis Tsipras

Deputy Prime Minister:
Giannis Dragasakis

Ministry of Interior
Minister: Alexandros Charitsis *
Alternate Minister: Marina Chryssoveloni
Deputy Minister for Macedonia and Thrace: Katerina Notopoulou

Ministry of Citizen Protection
Minister: Olga Gerovassili *
Deputy Minister: Katerina Papacosta

Ministry of Economy and Development
Minister: Giannis Dragasakis
Alternate Minister for Industry: Stergios Pitsiorlas
Deputy Minister: Stathis Giannakidis

Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information
Minister: Nikos Pappas
Deputy Minister: Lefteris Kretsos

Ministry of National Defence
Minister: Panos Kammenos
Alternate Minister: Panagiotis Rigas
Deputy Minister: Maria Kollia Tsaroucha

Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
Minister: Costas Gavroglou
Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation: Costas Fotakis
Deputy Minister: Meropi Tzoufi

Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Social Security
Minister: Effie Achtsioglou
Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity: Theano Fotiou
Deputy Minister responsible for Employment: Anastasios Petropoulos
Deputy Minister responsible for Social Insurance: Athanassios Iliopoulos

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Nikos Kotzias
Alternate Minister for European Affairs: Giorgos Katrougalos
Deputy Minister for Religious Diplomacy: Markos Bolaris
Deputy Minister for the Diaspora: Terens Quick

Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights
Minister: Michalis Kalogirou *
Alternate Minister for Anti-Corruption: Dimitris Papangelopoulos

Ministry of Finance
Minister: Euclid Tsakalotos
Alternate Minister for Fiscal Policy: Giorgos Chouliarakis
Deputy Minister for Public Revenue and Property: Katerina Papanatsiou

Ministry of Health
Minister: Andreas Xanthos
Alternate Minister: Pavlos Polakis

Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction
Minister: Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou *

Ministry of Culture and Sports
Minister: Myrsini Zorba *
Deputy Minister for Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis
Deputy Minister: Konstantinos Stratis

Ministry of Environment and Energy
Minister: George Stathakis
Alternate Minister for Environment: Sokratis Famelos
Deputy Minister: Giorgos Dimaras

Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Minister: Christos Spirtzis
Deputy Minister: Nikos Mavraganis

Ministry of Immigration Policy
Minister: Dimitris Vitsas

Ministry of Maritime and Insular Policy
Minister: Fotis Kouvelis *
Alternate Minister for Insular Policy Nektarios Santorinios

Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food
Minister: Stavros Arachovitis *
Deputy Minister: Vassilis Kokkalis
Deputy Minister: Olympia Teligioridou

Ministry of Tourism
Minister: Elena Kountoura

Minister of State for Citizen Affairs
Alexandros Flabouraris

Minister of State for Policy Coordination
Christoforos Vernardakis

Minister of State and Government Spokesperson
Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister
Dimitris Liakos

General Secretary of the Government
Akritas Kaidatzis *