After tough negotiations between Nea Dimocratia and PASOK, ND-ND and PASOK-PASOK, the names of the new coalition government Nea Dimocratia-PASOK were announced on Monday evening.
Antonis Samaras remains Prime Minister
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos becomes deputy PM and Foreign Minister
Yiannis Stournaras remains Finance Minister
In othe rimportant ministries:
Defence: Dimitris Avramopoulos
Development: Kostis Chatzidakis
Administrative Reform: Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Labour: Yiannis Vroutsis
Health: Adonis Georgiadis
Energy: Yiannis Maniatis
Public Order & Citizen Protection: Nikos Dendias (no deputy ministers!)
Tourism: Olga Kefalogianni
Maritime: Miltiadis Varvitsiotis
Transport: Michalis Chryssochoidis
Interior: Yiannis Michelakis
Government spokesman: Simos Kedikoglou
Greece’s first: Deputy minister for Public Broadcaster : Pantelis Kapsis
Full ministers’ list here
A few lines should be devoted to the new Health minister Adonis Georgiadis, right-wing politician, former member of Karatzaferis’ LAOS but moved to ND in spring 2012. A book seller, impulsive and screaming TV panelist, devoted xenophobic nationalist and fan of conspiracy theories wherever they come from (‘indigo children’ and other nonsense theories.). He has been often accused of ‘racism’.
Given his right-wing and xenophobic concept, many internet users expressed fear about the new cuts in Greek national health care system EOPYY that sinks in debts. Some commented that he would get rid of foreigners and Greeks alike,” of “sick and healthy people”.
Odd enough deputy health minister is Sofia Voultepsi, also ND MP, a veteran journalist who recently claimed the Great Britain’s public broadcaster was bought by arm dealers.
UPDATE midnight: Voultepsi resigned from the post 2 hours later. She is replaced by Zeta Makri.
The lean cabinet of Greece in austerity has 41 members. They will sworn-in tomorrow Tuesday, June 15th 2013.
Greece will move in speed light towards reform and modernization.
What if the ministers -with the exception of 2-3 persons – have been recycled? We have faith in the future.
… and hope.
After three years of loan agreements and strict austerity, Greeks got the government they deserve: Nea Dimocratia and PASOK. Oh wait! weren’t they the ones that ruined Greece in the last decades?
PS PASOK, the party that gets just 4% in public opinion polls got 11 ministers. This we call “avoid early elections tactics”,