Greek Cabinet combines old and new faces

Fresh off its re-election in the smouldering aftermath of deadly forest fires, Greece’s conservative prime minister Costas Karamanlis unveiled a streamlined cabinet peppered with a few new faces.

Fresh off its re-election in the smouldering aftermath of deadly forest fires, Greece’s conservative prime minister Costas Karamanlis unveiled a streamlined cabinet peppered with a few new faces.

Several ministries were merged, including the Interior and Public Order ministries and the Aegean and Merchant Marine ministries, reducing cabinet size from 18 to 16.

The new cabinet, announced by government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, reflects the government’s desire to demonstrate policy continuity while also launching a new start – given that his New Democracy party’s win on Sunday was tempered by a sharply reduced vote count and legislative majority.

It now holds 152 seats in the 300-seat legislature, down from 165.

Most of the top posts remained unchanged, including Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis, Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis and Roussopoulos, who keeps his cabinet-level post as minister of state.

Giorgos Souflias remains at the Environment and Public Works Ministry and Dimitris Avramopoulos at the Health Ministry.

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