Greek new gov't announced, experienced economist appointed finance minister

2019-07-09 01:45:48 GMT2019-07-09 09:45:48(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ATHENS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Greece's new conservative government emerging from Sunday's first post-bailout national elections, was announced on Monday by newly appointed government spokesman Stelios Petsas.

Experienced economist Christos Staikouras who has served as Deputy Finance Minister in the past (2012-2015), takes over the key portfolio of finance minister, according to the televised statement on state broadcaster ERT.

The new cabinet's line-up includes veterans in Greek politics, as well as new faces, technocrats and persons with centre-Left and Left background, as new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged to cooperate across party lines to rebuild Greece.

Retired high court judge Panagiotis Pikrammenos who served as caretaker Prime Minister in May-June 2012 after the legislative election in May 2012 resulted in an absence of majority, was appointed as deputy prime minister.

Nikos Dendias was appointed new minister of foreign affairs. In the previous conservative-led government he was national defense minister.

The new national defense minister is Nikos Panagiotopoulos who has served in the past as Deputy Labor minister.

Adonis Georgiadis, another experienced heavyweight in the New Democracy party, is the new development minister.

At the helm of the Shipping Minister was named Ioannis Plakiotakis who has served as deputy labor minister in 2014-2015.

Takis Theodorikakos, Mitsotakis'communication campaign advisor, takes over the portfolio of the Interior Ministry.

New Citizen Protection Minister was Michalis Chrisochoidis, who has served in many posts in previous socialist or coalition governments.

Another figure with centre-Left background, Lina Mendoni, was named Culture Minister, while the Tourism ministry portfolio is taken by Haris Theoharis, who served at the helm of the General Secretariat of Public Revenues in 2013-2014 at the Finance Ministry.

The new ministers will be sworn in on Tuesday at the presidential mansion in Athens and the Greek parliament will be asked to give confidence vote to the new cabinet on July 21.