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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] New PM George Papandreou takes office

  • [01] New PM George Papandreou takes office

    Greece's new prime minister George Papandreou took office on Tuesday morning, after his PASOK party swept the polls in Sunday's general elections in Greece, giving it a firm 160-seat majority in the 300-member unicameral parliament.

    Papandreou was sworn in at 11:00 on Tuesday morning as prime minister by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, in the presence of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    The new prime minister immediately afterwards headed to the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters), where the ceremony for the official handover from outgoing New Democracy (ND) premier Costas Karamanlis took place.

    Papandreou is due on Tuesday evening (approximately 7:00) to announce the composition of his Cabinet, which will be sworn in on Wednesday morning.

    The new Cabinet, chaired by prime minister Papandreou, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday immediately after the swearing-in ceremony.

    In a brief exchange before their in-camera meeting, Papandreou asked Karamanlis about his mother's condition, after she was taken to hospital earlier in the day, while Karamanlis wished his successor strength and good luck.

    Caption: New prime minister George Papandreou signs the official documents after his swearing in office on Tuesday 6 October 2009 at the presidential mansion. ANA-MPA/KATERINA MAVRONA


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