Pop star Michalis Hatzigiannis was appointed deputy minister of culture in Cyprus by President-elect Nikos Christodoulides, who announced his cabinet on Monday.
Hatzigiannis is a famous pop singer in Greece and Cyprus, and has won many awards in both countries and in Europe. He is also a member of the ‘Elpida’ foundation for children with cancer.
Born in November 1978 to parents from Turkish-held Kyrenia, he has been active in the Greek and foreign recording industry, writing music, lyrics, and performing songs that have been loved by the general public, ranking him among the most popular Greek songwriters.
11 out of 25 cabinet members in Cyprus are female
Christodoulides had promised a 50 percent representation of women in his Cabinet and other key posts in the presidency – and he almost kept his words. 11 out of 25 high-profile appointments announced are women.
The swearing-in ceremony for Christodoulides, the new Cyprus President who won a general election in a February 12 runoff, takes place on Tuesday.
The ceremony begins at 11:30 am during a special session of the Parliament.
When this is over, the new Cabinet – announced on Monday – will meet for the first time at the Presidential Palace.
Tuesday is the day when the five-year term of the outgoing President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades ends.
The new cabinet in Cyprus
The new Cabinet members – to be sworn in on Wednesday – are the following:
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Constandinos Kombos
Minister of Finance: Makis Keravnos
Minister of Interior: Constandinos Ioannou
Minister of Defence: Michalis Yiorgallas
Minister of Education, Youth and Sport: Athina Michaelidou
Minister of Transport, Communications and Works: Alexis Vafeadis
Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry: Yiorgos Papanastasiou
Minister of Agriculture, Agricultural Development and the Environment: Petros Xenofontos
Minister of Labour and Social Securities: Yiannis Panayiotou
Minister of Justice and Public Order: Anna Prokopiou
Minister of Health: Popi Kanari
Deputy Minister to the President: Irini Piki
Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs: Marina Hadjimanoli
Deputy Minister of Tourism: Kostas Koumis
Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Technology: Philippos Hadjizacharia
Deputy Minister for Social Welfare: Marilena Evangelou
Deputy Minister for Culture: Michalis Hadjiyiannis
Government spokesman: Constandinos Letympiotis
Head of President’s Office: Charalambos Charalambous
Deputy government spokesman: Doxa Komodromou
Head of President’s Press Office: Victoras Papadopoulos
Head of Diplomatic Office: Marilena Raouna
Cabinet Secretary: Pinelopi Papavasiliou
Gender Equality Commissioner: Josie Christodoulou
Environment Commissioner: Maria Panayiotou
See all the latest news from Greece and the world at Greekreporter.com. Contact our newsroom to report an update or send your story, photos and videos. Follow GR on Google News and subscribe here to our daily email!