Greek PM Mitsotakis Admits is Unhappy with Gender Composition of His Cabinet

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis with BBC Hardtalk‘s Zeinab Badawi

Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, admitted that he is unhappy with the small number of women in Cabinet, during a BBC interview on Thursday.

With a Cabinet of 22 people consisting of only two women, Mitsotakis claims that he wants to see more women in politics but that there were not many women “who were interested in stepping into politics these days.”

He told Hardtalk’s Zeinab Badawi, “We put a quota for women, 40% of our candidates were women, which is a big step forward. But if you look at the composition of parliament, we don’t have 40% of women in parliament.”

“I asked a lot of women to join the cabinet, they were much more hesitant than men to do so. So I’m not happy about our gender composition, I openly acknowledged it.”

“The women that we have are extremely capable, I’m sure they’re going to do a fantastic job and I’m sure that they’re going to help other women to join the cabinet when we have our first reshuffle.”