The caretaker government in Greece, which will lead the country until a new election takes place in late June, was officially sworn in on Friday during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
Ioannis Sarmas, the president of the Court of Audit, who was appointed caretaker prime minister, gave the interim ministers their first guidelines.
“We must be neutral, impartial, objective and weigh our actions and their consequences so that they are not considered to constitute intervention in favor of or against any faction in the following election campaign,” he said.
The swearing-in of an interim government in Greece follows the country’s national elections on May 21. Greece’s New Democracy party failed to secure a majority vote and party leaders refused to form a coalition government.
With all the votes counted, the New Democracy party won 40.79% – twice the main opposition SYRIZA’s 20.07%. Socialist PASOK came in third at 11.46%, followed by Greek Communist Party with 7.23%. The far-right, populist Greek Solution party came in fifth with 4.45%.
The caretaker government in Greece is as follows:
Minister of State
Vassilis Skouris – Former Interim Interior Minister and former President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Foreign Affairs Minister
Vassilis Kaskarelis – former Greek Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Greece to NATO during the 200-2004 period
National Defense Minister
Alkiviadis Stefanis – Former National Defense Deputy Minister and Head of the Hellenic Army General Staff
Citizen Protection Minister
Charalambos Lalousis – Former Head of the Hellenic Army General Staff specializing in Thrace and Turkey relations
Civil Protection Minister
Evangelos Tournas – Greek Air Force General and former Civil Protection Deputy Minister
Christos Kittas – Professor of Medicine and former Rector of the University of Athens
Ioanna Dretta – Former Marketing Greece CEO
Anastasia Kotanidou – Professor of Pulmonology and Intensive Care Specialty at the University of Athens
Kalliopi Spanou – Professor of Public Administration and Law at the University of Athens
Filippos Spyropoulos – Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Athens
Development and Investments Minister
Eleni Louri – Professor at the Department of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business
Minister of Economy
Theodoros Pelagidis – Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece
Minister of Environment and Energy
Pantelis Kapros – Professor of energy economics and operational research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
Patrina Paparrigopoulou – Professor of public law
Minister of Immigration and Asylum
Minister of Digital Governance
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport
Minister of Maritime and Island Policy
Minister of Rural Development and Food
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