Cabinet reshuffle on the cards
Sources confirm government changes as PM prepares for tough summer ahead
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.