Key Ministers Keep Positions in Greek Cabinet Reshuffle

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a reshuffle of his government on Tuesday, keeping key ministers in place while bringing in some new faces. Tsipras' new cabinet contains only minor changes, including new ministers for the interior, public order, justice and culture.

Key members of the Greek government, including those involved in the country's creditor-mandated bailout program such as Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, have retained their positions in a cabinet reshuffle. As expected, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, Tsipras's coalition partner, also kept their posts.

The reshuffle included 13 new faces. The key changes were the shift of deputy defence minister Fotis Kouvelis to Shipping Minister and the inclusion of independent MP and former conservative party cadre Katerina Papakosta as deputy citizens' protection minister under Olga Gerovassili.

Gerovassili was replaced as Administrative Reform Minister by former socialist minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou.

Among the new names included Michalis Kalogirou as Justice Minister, replacing Stavros Kontonis, and Alexis Haritsis as interior minister.

The next general election has to take place by September 2019. Tsipras's governing Syriza party is trailing New Democracy in opinion polls.


Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras

Deputy Prime Minister: Yiannis Dragasakis


Ministry of Interior

Minister: Alexis Haritsis

Deputy Minister: Marina Chrysoveloni

Deputy Minister for Macedonia-Thrace: Katerina Notopoulou


Ministry of Citizens Protection

Minister: Olga Gerovassili

Deputy Minister: Katerina Papakosta


Ministry of Economy & Development

Minister: Yiannis Dragasakis

Alternate Minister of Industry: Stergios Pitsiorlas

Deputy Minister: Stathis Giannakidis


Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media

Minister: Nikos Pappas


Ministry of National Defense

Minister: Panos Kammenos

Alternate Minister: Panagiotis Rigas

Deputy Minister: Maria Kollia Tsarouha


Ministry of Education, Research & Religion

Minister: Costas Gavroglou

Alternate Minister for Research: Costas Fotakis

Deputy Minister: Meropi Tzoufi


Ministry of Labor, Social Security & Social Solidarity

Minister: Effie Achtsioglou

Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity: Theano Fotiou

Deputy Labor Minister: Tasos Petropoulos

Deputy Minister for Social Security: Thanassis Iliopoulos


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister: Nikos Kotzias

Alternate Minister for European Affairs: Giorgos Katrougalos

Deputy Minister for Religious Issues: Markos Bolaris

Deputy Minister for Diaspora Greeks: Terence Quick


Ministry of Justice, Transparency & Human Rights

Minister: Mihalis Kalogirou

Alternate Minister for Corruption Issues: Dimitris Papangelopoulos


Ministry of Finance

Minister: Euclid Tsakalotos

Alternate Minister: Giorgos Houliarakis

Deputy Minister: Katerina Papanatsiou


Ministry of Health

Minister: Andreas Xanthos

Alternate Minister: Pavlos Polakis


Ministry of Administrative Reform

Minister: Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou


Ministry of Culture & Sports

Minister: Myrsini Zorba

Deputy Minister for Sports: Giorgos Vassiliadis

Deputy Minister: Konstantinos Stratis


Ministry of Environment and Energy

Minister: George Stathakis

Alternate Minister for Environment: Sokratis Famelos

Deputy Minister: Giorgos Dimaras


Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

Minister: Christos Spirtzis

Deputy Minister: Nikos Mavraganis


Ministry of Immigration Policy

Minister: Dimitris Vitsas


Ministry of Maritime and Insular Policy

Minister: Fotis Kouvelis 

Alternate Minister for Insular Policy Nektarios Santorinios


Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food

Minister: Stavros Arachovitis 

Deputy Minister: Vassilis Kokkalis

Deputy Minister: Olympia Teligioridou


Ministry of Tourism

Minister: Elena Kountoura


Minister of State for Citizen Affairs

Alexandros Flabouraris


Minister of State for Policy Coordination

Christoforos Vernardakis


Minister of State and Government Spokesperson

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos


Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister

Dimitris Liakos


General Secretary of the Government

Akritas Kaidatzis 


Source: ekathimerini.