Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis has reshuffled his five-month-old cabinet to include two liberal politicians.?
Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis has reshuffled his five-month-old cabinet to include two liberal politicians. Political analysts say the move is widely regarded as the Government's first step in broadening the political spectrum of the ruling New Democratic Party.
SYNOPSIS: The official swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers took place on Wednesday (10 May) in the capital, Athens,and was attended by leading church and government officials.
Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis who announced details of the cabinet changes -- involving four posts -- after a number of inter-governmental meetings earlier this week, also attended the ceremony. The reshuffle follows the resignation of the former Foreign minister, Panayotis Papaligouras, and former Agriculture Minister, Athanassios Taliadouras.
Mr.George Rallis who was Minister of Co-ordination following last November's general election, takes over the Foreign Ministry Portfolio. And Ionnis Boutos, until recently Minister of Finance, fills the gap in the Agriculture Ministry. The two newcomers are both Liberal politicians whose party only has two seats in the 300-member Parliament. They are Constantine Mitsotakis, who has been appointed Minister of Co-operation to supervise the economic sector. And Athanassios Canellopoulos, who become the new Finance.