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Greece Changes Foreign and Defense Ministers in New Mitsotakis Cabinet

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis accompanied by his wife Mareva Mitsotakis arrive at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Monday. Credit: Press Office of the Greek Prime Minister

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced his new cabinet following the triumph of his New Democracy party at Sunday’s election.

Former Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias moves to the Defense Ministry. He is replaced by Giorgos Gerapetritis.

Gerapetritis. a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Law School of the University of Athens, served as state minister for most of Mitsotakis’ previous term until he was appointed as transport minister to replace Kostas A. Karamanlis, who resigned after Greece’s deadliest train collision in February this year.

Mitsotakis cabinet

Kostis Hatzidakis, the former Labor and Social Affairs minister, takes over the Ministry of Finance. Former Finance Minister Christos Staikouras is moved to the Infrastructure and Transport Ministry.

Former Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, who is credited with upgrading the country’s digital services is heading to the Education Ministry, with Trikala mayor Dimitris Papastergiou taking over Pierrakakis’ previous post.

Niki Kerameus, the former Education Minister moves over to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Kostas Skrekas takes over the Ministry of Development, while Lina Mendoni remains in her previous post as Culture Minister.

Former PASOK minister Giorgos Florides was appointed Minister of Justice.

Pavlos Marinakis becomes the new Government spokesman.

The new cabinet will have its first meeting on Wednesday.

New Mitsotakis cabinet

Prime Minister: Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Ministry of National Economy and Finance
Minister: Kostis Chatzidakis
Alternate Minister Nikos Papathanassis
Deputy Minister: Haris Theocharis
Deputy Minister: Thanos Petralias

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Giorgos Gerapetritis
Deputy Minister: Giorgos Kotsiras
Deputy Minister: Alexandra Papadopoulou
Deputy Minister: Kostas Fragogiannis

National Defence Ministry
Minister: Nikos Dendias
Deputy Minister: Yiannis Kefalogiannis
Deputy Minister: Nikos Hardalias

Ministry of Interior
Minister: Niki Kerameos
Alternate Minister: Thodoris Livanios
Deputy Minister on Macedonia-Thrace: Stathis Konstantinidis
Deputy Minister: Vivi Charalambogianni

Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports
Minister: Kyriakos Pierrakakis
Deputy Minister for Sports: Yiannis Economou
Deputy Minister: Zeta Makri
Deputy Minister: Domna Michailidou

Ministry of Health
Minister: Michalis Chryssochoidis
Alternate Minister: Irini Agapidaki
Deputy Minister: Dimitris Vartzopoulos
Deputy Minister: Marios Themistocleous

Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Minister: Christos Staikouras
Deputy Minister: Christina Alexopoulou
Deputy Minister: Nichos Tachiaos

Ministry of Environment and Energy
Minister: Theodoros Skylakakis
Deputy Minister: Nikos Tagaras
Deputy Minister: Alexandra Sdoukou

Ministry of Development
Minister: Kostas Skrekas
Deputy Minister: Maximos Senetakis
Deputy Minister: Anna Mani-Papadimitriou

Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Minister: Adonis Georgiadis
Deputy Minister: Vassilis Spanakis
Deputy Minister: Panos Tsakloglou

Ministry of Citizen Protection
Minister: Notis Mitarachi
Deputy Minister: Kostas Katsafados

Ministry of Justice
Minister: Giorgos Floridis
Deputy Minister: Yiannis Bougas

Ministry of Culture
Minister: Lina Mendoni
Deputy Minister: Christos Dimas

Ministry of Migration and Asylum
Minister: Dimitris Keridis
Deputy Minister: Sophia Voultepsi

Ministry of Social Cohesion and Family
Minister: Sophia Zacharaki
Deputy Minister: Maria Kefala

Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food
Minister: Lefteris Avgenakis
Deputy Minister: Dionyssis Stamenitis
Deputy Minister: Stavros Keletsis

Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy
Minister: Miltiadis Varvitsiotis
Deputy Minister: Yiannis Pappas

Ministry of Tourism
Minister: Olga Kefalogianni
Deputy Minister: Elena Rapti

Ministry of Digital Governance
Minister: Dimitris Papastergiou
Deputy Minister: Konstantinos Kyranakis

Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection
Minister: Vassilis Kikilias
Deputy Minister: Christos Triantopoulos
Deputy Minister: Evangelos Tournas

State Minister: Makis Voridis
State Minister: Stavros Papastavrou
State Minister: Akis Skertsos
Deputy State Minister to the Prime Minister and Director of the Prime Minister’s Office: Yiannis Bratakos
Deputy State Minister to the Prime Minister: Thanassis Kontogeorgis

Government spokesman: Pavlos Marinakis

In addition, the New Democracy parliamentary group will propose Ioannina Deputy Constantine Tassoulas as Parliament president.

The new cabinet will be sworn in at 13:00 on Tuesday, at the Presidential Mansion. It will be followed by the change in leadership at each ministry.

Mitsotakis was sworn in

Earlier on Monday, Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greek Prime Minister. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of the President, Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Archbishop Ieronymos.

“It is a special honor to receive this mandate to form a government with a four-year horizon,” Mitsotakis said in his meeting with the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

The leader of ND reiterated that he is aware that the “responsibility lies heavy on my shoulders” and pointed out that his goal from the beginning had been to form a single-party government, while he once again pledged to initiate major changes and reforms.

“We have a strong mandate and a parliamentary majority, our government will be a government of hard work and practical results,” noted Mitsotakis.

Mitsotakis then walked to the Maximos Mansion, the official seat of the prime minister, where he met with outgoing caretaker premier Ioannis Sarmas, to officially begin his new term.

Mitsotakis thanked Sarmas and the cabinet of the caretaker government for its “exemplary operation” during its short tenure, while Sarmas wished him success in his renewed term.

Mitsotakis has made history becoming the PM of a government with the widest margin of victory (22 percentage points) from the main opposition in the modern Greek political era.

Hailing the “strong mandate”, Mitsotakis said that “major reforms will proceed rapidly”, adding that he had “ambitious” targets for his next four years in power that could “transform” Greece.

Among his pledges is pouring money into the country’s public health system – which was stretched to its limits by the Covid-19 pandemic – and improving railway safety after the deaths of 57 people in a February train collision that was Greece’s worst rail disaster.

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