New Greek Cabinet


A new Greek Cabinet will be sworn into office today following a sweeping reshuffle by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of New Democracy (ND) ( and his coalition partner Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) Evangelos Venizelos.

Following the European elections where the left-wing anti-austerity Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) came out on top, the Prime Minister has been forced to act to prevent further erosion of the government’s authority. Eight of the twenty Cabinet ministers have been replaced. A new technocrat Finance Minister has been brought in as has Andreas Loverdos, a former PASOK deputy who had become an Independent and whose presence boosts the government vote in the parliament to 153 of the 300 deputies.

Former Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is expected to become the new Governor of the Central Bank of Greece when current Governor George Provopoulos leaves later this month.

The full list of the new Cabinet is as follows:

Antonis Samaras Prime Minister
Evangelos Venizelos Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kyriakos Mitsotakis Minister of Administrative Reform and E-Governance
Konstantinos Tasoulas Minister of Culture and Sports
Dimitris Avramopoulos Minister of National Defence
Nikos Dendias Minister of Development and Competitiveness
Andreas Loverdos Minister of Education and Religious Affairs
Yiannis Maniatis Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change
Gikas Hardouvelis Minister of Finance
Makis Voridis Minister of Health
Michalis Chrisochoidis Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
Argyris Dinopoulos Minister of Interior
Haralambos Athanassiou Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights
Yiannis Vroutsis Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare
Yiorgos Orfanos Minister of Macedonia-Thrace
Vasilis Kikilias Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection
Yiorgos Karasmanis Minister of Rural Development and Food
Miltiadis Varvitsiotis Minister of Shipping
Olga Kefalogianni Minister of Tourism
Sofia Voultepsi Government spokeswoman
Vangelis Meimarakis Parliamentary speaker

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