Cabi­net reshuf­fle on the cards

Sources con­firm govern­ment changes as PM pre­pares for tough sum­mer ahead

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As the govern­ment braces for a long hot sum­mer – in­clud­ing the ef­fort to push for changes to the elec­toral law, pass­ing tough re­forms and the bid to deal with the fall­out sparked by rev­e­la­tions that it planned for the coun­try’s exit from the eu­ro­zone last year – sources con­firmed yes­ter­day that a cabi­net reshuf­fle is in­deed on the cards.

Sources sug­gested yes­ter­day that there will be a reshuf­fle, in­sist­ing, how­ever, that it is not an im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity for Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras.

Even though noth­ing is writ­ten in stone yet, the same sources said that it is highly likely that Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las will be given an “hon­orary dis­charge” and posted as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Greece with an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mouza­las had cre­ated a mini-cri- sis back in April when he re­ferred to the For­mer Yu­goslav Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) as “Mace­do­nia,” trig­ger­ing a storm of protest, par­tic­u­larly from among mem­bers of the ju­nior coali­tion part­ner, the far-right In­de­pen­dent Geeks (ANEL).

In con­trast, the con­tro­ver­sial and out­spo­ken Al­ter­nate Health Min­is­ter Pav­los Po­lakis is ex­pected to keep his job, as the govern­ment feels that if any­thing, his an­tics have given it a boost.

Other min­is­ters that could be reshuf­fled in­clude Econ­omy Min­is­ter Gior­gos Stathakis, Al­ter­nate Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Try­fon Alex­i­adis and En­ergy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis.

What ap­pears cer­tain is that no for­mer PASOK mem­ber – apart per­haps from Mar­il­iza Xenoyian­nakopoulou – will be given a min­is­te­rial portfolio.

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