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New faces as president reshuffles his government

December 1, 2019 at 12:29pm
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President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday reshuffled the government, moving the current Interior Minister to the Finance Ministry and appointing Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos as Transport Minister. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou moves to the Education Ministry.

The reshuffle was anticipated. Outgoing Finance Minister Harris Georgiades had earlier announced his decision to step down before the end of the year and before this week’s 2020 budget speech in the House of Representatives.

His portfolio will be be taken by current Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides. Disy MP for Nicosia Nicos Nouris was named the new Interior Minister.

Ayia Napa mayor Yiannos Karousos will take the Transport Ministry, replacing Vassiliki Anastasiadou.

Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromos was appointed government spokesman, replacing Costas Hambiaouris who was named Commissioner for Mountain Communities, replacing Yiannakis Papadouris who resigned last week.

The new government spokesman is lawyer Kyriakos Koushos.

The deputy government spokesman Klelia Vassiliou was named Environment Commissioner, replacing Ioanna Panayiotou.

The new deputy government spokesman is Panayiotis Sentonas, until now president of the Youth Organisation.

The new ministers will be sworn in on Tuesday and the new Commissioners will take up their duties on Wednesday.