The fist post-bailout government of Greece has been announced on Tuesday afternoon. Thirteen new persons, among them six women: Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou -ex minister in PASOK government under Giorgos Papandreou -, Myrsini Zorba ex MEP under Simitis government- as well as conservative Katerina Papakosta – former minister in New Democracy governments under Kostas Karamanlis.
Shock! Is this how Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was planning to rejuvenate the government? Quo vadis SYRIZA? Ops! These are completely wrong questions. Tsipras’ reshuffle aims to expand the voters basis as SYRIZA is not doing well in public opinion polls, and his junior coalition partner Independent Greeks is at extremely high risk to not even manage to reach the 3% threshold and enter the Parliament.
The majority in key ministerial posts remained unchanged, except for Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis was replaced by Michalis Kalogirou and went home.
Maritime Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis was left out and so did Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou.
Kouroublis was replaced by Fotis Kouvelis who was deputy Defense Minister and Koniorodu by Myrsini Zorba.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Defense, Energy, Transport, Migration and Tourism remained the same.
Alexis Charitsis who was deputy Economy & Development minister becomes Interior Minister.
Also the ream in Agriculture Ministry was complete replaced, among them also Eco-Green Giannis Tsironis who came under fire for a despicable animals (allegedly) rights law.
Xenogiannakoppoulou is appointed Minister for Administrative Reform and Papakosta as deputy Public Order Minister.
It is worth noting that Ministry of Citizen Protection which is responsible for Police, Fire Service, National Intelligence and Civil Protection is headed by the two women, Olga Gerovasili and Katerina Papakosta. Now is is revolutionary!
The new government is expected to lead Greece to the elections which are scheduled to take place in September 2019 – unless something unexpected happens.