Greek cabinet reshuffled as new ministers sworn in

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Greece’s public order and tourism ministers were replaced and a civil protection ministry was created on Tuesday. 

The Presidential palace, in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis was replaced by Takis Theodorikakos, a political analyst and former interior minister. 

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias replaced Harry Theoharis as Tourism Minister. 

Athanasios Plevris is the new health minister. 

A new civil protection ministry was also to be headed by the retired admiral and former defense minister Evangelos Apostolakis before his withdrawal hours before he was due to be sworn in. 

Apostolakis pulled out after the political opposition accused him of being disloyal. 

The prime minister’s office confirmed plans to look for his replacement.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, right, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speak as they attend a swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed ministers at the Presidential palace, in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The reshuffle comes less than two weeks before Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to outline his 2022 economic policy in a keynote speech in Thessaloniki. 

It follows the creation of a natural disaster recovery committee mid-last month and Mitsotakis’ public apology for delays and breakdown in the official response to the summer wildfires in July. 

Source: Reuters 

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