Reshuffled Greek coalition sworn in as Samaras attempts to overcome ERT closure chaos

The new Greek coalition government members have been sworn in in Athens following discussions between prime minister Antonis Samaris and Pasok leader Evangelos Venizelos (who becomes foreign minister and deputy prime minister).

Venizelos isn’t the only Pasok party member to benefit from the reshuffle, with Yiannis Maniatis and Michalis Chrysochoidis being appointed to environment minister and transport minister respectively.

The reshuffle comes following the withdrawal of the Democratic Left (DIMAR) from the coalition on Friday over a dispute concerning the closure of state broadcaster ERT.

Some of the key moves:

Dimitris Avramopoulos was appointed defence minister (previously foreign minister)

Kyriakos Mitsotakis was appointed administration reform minister, tasked with overseeing planned job cuts to the civil service (first ministerial appointment)
Charalambos Athanassiou was appointed justice minister (previously alternate interior minister)

There’s been no change at the top of the finance, education, public order and development and competitiveness ministries.