The new Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, announced the names of the ministers?
The new Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, announced the names of the ministers in his civilian Government of National Unity on Wednesday (24 July). Shortly after their names had been announced, the new ministers were sworn in at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens before President Phaedon Gizikis -- the only general from the Military Junta to retain his position. They were sworn in by the Primate of Greece, Archbishop Serafim.
One of the most important appointments was that of Mr. George Mavros, who was given the key ministry of foreign Affairs. Mr. Mavros is the leader of the Centre Union Party, and until two months ago he was a political detainee. He is 65, and a former Cabinet minister of Liberal views.
Mr. Mavros was arrested several times since the Colonels' coup in 1967. This year he was detained on the aegean island of Yaros, but was released in May when he claimed that his life was in danger because of the conditions in the detention camp there.
Mr. Mavros was expected to fly to Geneva on Thursday (25 July) to attend the Cyprus peace talks between Greece, Britain and Turkey.
Another key post -- that of Defence Minister -- was given to Mr. Evangelos Averoff-Tossitsa, 64, the former Foreign Minister in the previous government of Mr. Karamanlis. He too had been a political detainee under the military regime. Most of the men appointed to ministerial positions are politicians who have already experienced government office.