New cabi­net ush­ered in

Venize­los in role of for­eign min­is­ter, deputy PM in Pa­sok-en­riched govern­ment

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The govern­ment an­nounced a broad reshuf­fle last night, just a few days af­ter the ju­nior coali­tion part­ner pulled out of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, with PA­SOK leader Evan­ge­los Venize­los as­sum­ing the dual role of deputy prime min­is­ter and for­eign min­is­ter, con­ser­va­tive New Democ­racy’s Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis tak­ing on the tough task of ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form, while Yan­nis Stournaras kept his post as fi­nance min­is­ter, as ex­pected.

The new cabi­net, which in­cludes sev­eral mem­bers of PA­SOK in min­is­te­rial and deputy min­is­te­rial posts, is to be sworn in at 12.30 p.m. to­day in a cer­e­mony to be presided over by Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias.

Govern­ment spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, who also kept his post de­spite ru­mors he would be ousted, an­nounced the names of the mem­bers of the new cabi­net last night, a few hours af­ter a brief meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and Venize­los.

Stournaras, a close aide to Sa­ma­ras, kept his po­si­tion as did sev­eral other key cabi­net mem­bers, in­clud­ing De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Costis Hatzi­dakis, Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias, La­bor Min­is­ter Yian­nis Vrout­sis, Tourism Min­is­ter Olga Ke­faloyianni and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Con­stanti­nos Ar­van­i­topou­los.

Pantelis Kap­sis, a for­mer govern­ment spokesman un­der the tech­no­cratic govern­ment of Lu­cas Pa­pade­mos, was given the top post at a new min­istry for the state broad­caster and is to be tasked with over­haul­ing the de­funct ERT.

As an­tic­i­pated, PA­SOK’s in­volve­ment in the new govern­ment was dou­bled with Yian­nis Ma­ni­atis as­sum­ing the helm at the En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry and Michalis Chryso­choidis tak­ing on a new au­ton­o­mous Trans­port Min­istry. Sev­eral other PA­SOK cadres were given key roles, in­clud­ing Evi Christofilopoulou, who is to be Mit­so­takis’s deputy in the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry hot seat.

Un­ex­pected ap­point­ments in­cluded the post­ing in the Health Min­istry of con­ser­va­tive MP Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis with his ND peer Yian­nis Michelakis as­sum­ing the top spot at the In­te­rior Min­istry.

Out­go­ing For­eign Min­is­ter Dim­itris Avramopou­los was moved to the De­fense Min­istry, with the in­cum­bent there, Panos Pana­giotopou­los, tak­ing the Cul­ture port­fo­lio.

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