Greece’s new cabinet of SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government has been announced on Tuesday. Left-wing SYRIZA decided to merge several ministries and establish so-called “super ministries” staffed with several alternate and deputy ministers. Media reported earlier of a 10+10+10 scheme that is: 10 ministers + 10 alternate ministers + 10 deputy ministers.
The new cabinet has 40 members but the number of ministries has been decreased with several merges and the creation of some “super” ministries.
There are 7 women in the cabinet, however in the office of alternate or deputy ministers.
SYRIZA’s junior partner Independent Greeks has: One Ministry (Defense) with party chairman Kammenos as minister, and three in alternate and deputy minister positions.
Prime Minister : ALEXIS TSIPRAS
Deputy PM: DRAGASAKIS, he will overlook also financial issues
Finance Minister VAROUFAKIS alternate : VALAVANI, MARDAS (Revenues)
Foreign Minister KOTZIAS
alternate: CHOUNTIS (European issues), TSAKALOTOS (Internationla Relations)
Justice, Transparency & Human Rights Minister PARASKEVOPOULOS
(merged ministry) Productive Reconstruction: LAFAZANIS
alternate: TSIRONIS (Environement), APOSTOLOY (Agricultural Development); deputy minister SGOURIDIS,
(merged ministry) Marine, Tourism, Economy, Infrastructure STATHAKIS
alternate DRITSAS (Maritime) KOUNTOURA (Tourism), SPIRTZIS (Infrastructure & Transport)
Health Minister KOUROUMPLIS
alternate XANTHOS (Health); STRATOULIS (Social Funds)
Labor & Social Solidarity Minister SKOURLETIS
deputy ministers: FOTIOU, ANTONOPOULOU (Unemployment)
Defense Minister KAMMENOS (chairman Independent Greeks) Alternate: ISYCHOS, TOSKAS
(merged) Interior and Administrative Reconstruction VOUTSIS
alternate PANOUSIS (Citizens’ Protection), KATROUGALOS (Administrative Recostruction); CHRISTODOULOPOULOU ( deputy minister Migration Policy), KOLLIA-TSAROUCHA (deputy minister Makedonias-Thrakis)
Culture, Education & Religion BALTAS
alternate KOURAKIS (Education), FOTAKIS (Research & Innovation) KONTONIS (sports), XYDAKIS
Μinister of State: NIKOS PAPPAS ; Deputy Terence Quick
Minister of State ( government coordination) FLAMPOYRARIS
Minister of State (combat Corruption) NIKOLOUDIS
Parliament Speaker: ZOI KONSTANTOPOULOU (to be proposed)
Government spokesman: SAKKELARIDIS
The new cabinet ministers will be sworn-in at 5 pm Tuesday, the first cabinet meeting will be held on Wednesday.
PS to tell you the truth the names of some of the new and merged ministries remind me a bit of the language of Real Socialism…