ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s new cabinet is to be sworn in after a broad reshuffle in which conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras handed key posts to the coalition government’s minority Socialist party following a political crisis.
The cabinet, which includes new ministers for the posts of foreign affairs, justice, administrative reform, transport and defence, among others, is to be sworn in during a ceremony in the presidential palace early Tuesday afternoon.
Samaras’ year-old coalition government narrowly avoided collapse after he ordered the closure of the state broadcaster, ERT, on June 11. Coalition member Democratic Left quit the government last week. The two-party coalition government now has only a slender majority in parliament, controlling 153 seats of the 300 seats.