Caretaker cabinet takes over until new elections
Greece’s caretaker cabinet, which will oversee the running of the country until new elections are held on June 17, was sworn in on Thursday morning.
The names of the new cabinet, which is led by Panayiotis Pikrammenos, the former president of the Council of State, were announced at 1.30 a.m.
The government, which, at the request of the political parties will only have an administrative role, is mostly made up of university professors, former ministers and diplomats.
Economist and university professor Giorgos Zannias was given the hot seat at the Finance Ministry. He had previously served as an economic adviser to the government.
Former foreign minister Petros Molyviatis is returning to the role he held with the New Democracy government elected in 2004.
The head of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Yiannis Stournaras, joins the government as Development Minister. The think-tank chief had been linked with the post of finance minister in the past.
Another economist, Napoleon Maraveyias, was appointed Agricultural Development Minister.
The MPs elected in the May 6 elections will also be sworn in on Thursday but Parliament is likely to be dissolved at the beginning of next week so elections can be held on June 17.
The new Greek cabinet:
Prime Minister: Panayiotis Pikrammenos
Administrative Reform and Electronic Governance: Pavlos Apostolidis
Interior Minister: Antonis Maniatakis
Finance Minister: Giorgios Zannias
Foreign Minister: Petros Molyviatis
Defense Minister: Fragos Fragoulis
Development Minister: Yiannis Stournaras
Environment Minister: Grigoris Tsaltas
Education Minister: Angeliki-Efrosini Kiaou
Infrastructure & Transport Minister: Simos Simopoulos
Labor Minister: Antonis Roupakiotis
Health Minister: Christos Kittas
Agricultural Development Minister: Napoleon Maraveyias
Justice Minister: Christos Geraris
Citizens’ Protection Minister: Eleftherios Economou
Culture Minister: Tatiana Karapanayioti
State Minister: Antonis Argyros