Greek minister returns to PASOK fold

Education Minister Andreas Loverdos officially returned to PASOK on Friday less than two years after leaving the party.

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos confirmed that Loverdos would join the party’s parliamentary group in a letter to Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis.

The minister quit the Socialists in December 2012 to form his own party, Pact for a New Greece, but Loverdos’s grouping united with PASOK as part of the Olive Tree alliance for the European Parliament elections in May.

The alliance received just over 8 percent of the vote.