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Greece’s Mini-Cabinet Reshuffle

It all started with the resignation of Minister for Citizens’ Protection Christos Papoutsis, who chose to candidate for the leadership of PASOK than remain a Papademos’ government minister. The choice to give the empty post to Michalis Chryssochoides (Development Minister until Tuesday night) triggered more moves on the Greek political chessboard. Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou left her ministry to undertook the Development post. Linguistics professor Giorgos Babiniotis found himself at the post of Education Minister.

Michalis Chryssochoides was Minister for Citizens’ Protection until the last cabinet reshuffle, 17 months ago.

What is clear from these changes is that Chryssochoides and Diamantopoulou will not candidate for the PASOK party leadership. Because somebody holding a

Proto Thema  claims that the early elections will take place either on May 6th or May 13th, 2012 and that the Greek Parliament will close on April 5th.

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  1. This reminds me of an old joke (maybe it’s so old that you folks don’t know it):
    The company leader to his troops: “Guys, it’s time to change the underwear! Ok, let’s do it – Chryochoidis trades with Papoutis, Diamantopoulou trades with Arvanitopoulos…”