Changes in armed forces upper ranks

The Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) met on Tuesday so Defense Minister Panos Beglitis could announce changes in the top positions in the armed forces.

As a result, Lieutenant General Michalis Kostarakos is to become chief of the armed forces, Lieutenant General Constantinos Zazias the head of the army, Air Marshal Antonis Tsantirakis is to take over control of the air force and Rear Admiral Kosmas Christidis was put in charge of the navy.

Opposition parties criticized the fact the changes were taking place at a time when it was not clear whether PASOK would remain in power for much longer.