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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-17

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  • [01] PM: We cannot avoid this fight
  • [02] New Greek Cabinet announced
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: We cannot avoid this fight

    (ANA-MPA) -- "This is the time to do battle and we don't have the luxury of avoiding this fight," Prime Minister George Papandreou stressed in his address to ruling PASOK party's Parliamentary group on Thursday.

    Speaking to his MPs at the start of an unscheduled meeting that he called earlier the same day, in the wake of an avalanche of developments and the resignations of three ruling party MPs, Papandreou sought to explain his reasons for seeking the support of the opposition parties for the new round of austerity measures and why his efforts for a consensus had ended in failure.

    While underlining that the government and PASOK's Parliamentary group were responsible for leading the country out of the crisis, Papandreou argued that a broader consensus would have given the country additional negotiating strength.

    "When other Parliament decide to lend to Greece with large majorities, it is not right for us here in Greece to be unable to reach agreement," he said. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] New Greek Cabinet announced

    ANA-MPA/Greek prime minister George Papandreou on Friday went ahead with a wide Cabinet reshuffle, with the new ministers to be sworn in at 13:00.

    The premier, in announcing the intended reshuffle earlier in the week, also said that he will seek a renewed vote of confidence in the new government.

    Theodoros Pangalos and Evangelos Venizelos are the two Government Vice Presidents in the new Cabinet, while Venizelos also assumes the critical Finance Ministry, and Europarliamentarian Stavros Lambrinidis takes on the Foreign Ministry.

    The composition of the new Cabinet, as announced by outgoing government spokesman George Petalotis, is as follows:

    Prime Minister: George Papandreou

    First Government Vice President: Theodoros Pangalos

    Second Government Vice President: Evangelos Venizelos

    Finance Minister: Evangelos Venizelos

    Alternate Minister: Filippos Sahinidis

    Deputy Minister: Pantelis Economou

    Interior Minister: Haris Kastanidis

    Deputy Minister: Paris Koukoulopoulos

    Administrative Reform Minister (new ministry): Dimitris Reppas

    Deputy Ministers: Dinos Rovlias, Pantelis Tzortzakis

    Infrastructures Minister: Yiannis Ragoussis

    Deputy Minister: Yiannis Magriotis

    Foreign Minister: Stavros Lambrinidis

    Alternate Minister: Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou

    Deputy Minister: Dimitris Dollis

    Defence Minister: Panos Beglitis

    Deputy Minister: Costas Spiliopoulos

    Health Minister: Andreas Loverdos

    Deputy Ministers: Christos Aidonis, Marcos Bolaris, Michalis Timosidis

    Labor and Social Security Minister: George Koutroumanis

    Deputy Minister: Yannis Koutsoukos

    Citizen's Protection Minister: Christos Papoutsis

    Deputy Minister: Emmanuel Othonas

    Environment Minister: George Papaconstantinou

    Alternate Minister: Nikos Sifounakis

    Deputy Minister: Yiannis Maniatis

    Development Minister: Michalis Chrysohoidis

    Alternate Minister: Haris Pamboukis, Socrates Xynidis

    Deputy Minister: Thanos Moraitis

    Agricultural Development Minister: Costas Skandalidis

    Deputy Ministers: Yiannis Drivelegas

    Justice Minister: Miltiadis Papaioannou

    Deputy Minister: George Petalotis

    Culture Minister: Pavlos Geroulanos

    Deputy Minister: Giorgos Nikitiadis (for Tourism)

    Education Minister: Anna Diamantopoulou

    Alternate Minister: Fofi Yennimata

    Deputy Minister: Evi Christofilopoulou

    State Minister and Government Spokesman: Elias Mossialos

    Outgoing government spokesman Petalotis also announced the composition of the Inner Cabinet, which will comprise the ministers of Administrative Reform (Dimitris Reppas), Interior (Haris Kastanidis), Finance (Evangelos Venizelos), Development (Michalis Chrysohoidis), Environment (George Papaconstantinou), Education (Anna Diamantopoulou), Infrastructures (Yiannis Ragoussis), Health (Andreas Loverdos), Agricultural Development (Costas Skandalidis), and Citizens' Protection (Christos Papoutsis).

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Prime minister George Papandreou's address to his ruling PASOK party's parliamentary group and Friday's imminent Cabinet reshuffle dominated the front pages in Friday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Samaras (main opposition ND leader) clear-cut positions".

    AVGHI: "Power tricks in absentia of the people".

    AVRIANI: "President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias should resign so as to force elections in order for the people to decide their fate".

    DEAL NEWS: "They brought chaos and terror".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Black comedy in four acts".

    ELEFTHEROS: "They were cursing the MPs who disagree with the government's policy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "PASOK, 'united', heading to collapse".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Government month-by-month".

    ESTIA: "Papandreou's subterfuges".

    ETHNOS: "Papandreou's agreement with the party's top cadres".

    IMERISSIA: "Changes in heavy climate - New faces in the economy team".

    KATHIMERINI: "Fragile truce in PASOK".

    LOGOS: "Cabinet reshuffle - So, what?"

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Commission worried and approves 5th tranche".

    NIKI: "He (Papandreou) won on his own".

    PARASKEVI+13: "He (Papandreou) gave everything to save himself".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Back the KKE now in elections and struggles".

    TA NEA: "Breather with...PASOK government".

    VRADYNI: "Medium-Term government".

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